My parents left California yesterday evening, flying home to the UK. Sob.
To cheer myself up, I started working through the 12-week training plan in 80/20 Running. I went through it, week by week, putting it onto a (colour-coded) spreadsheet to print and stick on my fridge. I got really excited about it.
And then I turned the page…and found three more weeks’ worth of training plan.
Yes, my 12-week plan is actually 15-weeks long. Which means that I am 3 weeks late starting!
This wouldn’t be QUITE so awful except that three weeks ago, I nonchalantly wrote that I had three weeks before the plan started so I’d focus on doing some slow running to let my legs recover.
D’oh. A million times d’oh!
So officially (unexpectedly) I have already started training. This week’s Warm Up Week suddenly became Week One! BOOM!! Didn’t see that coming!
So far, so good. I’ve run twice this week (I’m running again today, Friday) and both runs included a mile or two of tempo speed. I really wondered how my legs would react to running faster after a month of running slowly. They LOVED it…I’ve never been so excited to step up the pace. They also held the pace fairly comfortably, so I was encouraged by that.
A few thoughts on the plan itself
There are three plans in the book, and I think I’m roughly the standard BETWEEN the second plan and the third. I’m probably closer to the second plan but it doesn’t fill me with confidence that my running would improve significantly. However, the third plan looks like it might be too much – very few rest days and several double days each week.
In addition, the next month is ridiculously busy. Next week we move house, then my in-laws come for two weeks, then it’s the Dude’s birthday and his party, then we go to Tahoe for Thanksgiving. So whilst I’m determined to give this training cycle everything I’ve got, I need to be flexible to swap workouts around across the course of the week and even skip some if I genuinely need more rest days.
All this to say…I’m sadly not going to be following the official plan to the letter, at least until mid-December. But I’m ready to train my socks off!