It’s been a little over a week since I ran the Philadelphia Marathon. I had planned to get out for an easier run a couple of days earlier but had to wait until yesterday to get out for my first run since the marathon. I’m sure the extra couple days of rest did not hurt at all.
Now I am slowly going to ease back into my routine. I was tempted to want to run another race this month just for something to do but options are limited here at this time of year. Instead I am going to try and go on a bit of a streak and run every day in December. It will give me something to aim for as 2015 comes to an end.
As previously mentioned on here, I will be running the Ottawa Marathon again in May. In order to get ready for that I will get back to a structured training routine in mid to late January. That will include at least two 10 km races and a half-marathon leading up to May.
Until I get back to a structured routine I will probably run based on how I feel. I’ll throw in some tempo runs when I feel like it and probably get in a couple workouts at the indoor track before then. However, I’m going to try and not obsess over my mileage or pace until the time comes to start another marathon training cycle.
What do you have planned for the rest of 2015 and the start of 2016?
In addition to me running the marathon during race weekend here in May my wife will be running the 10 km the night before. In order to get ready for it she asked me to prepare a training plan for it. Overall, the plan includes 13 weeks of training. Probably more than is needed but I included a few easy weeks at the start to ease back into running.
After much thought I have completed the training plan and put it into a calendar for her to follow. The training plan starts in late February so maybe by then the really cold temperatures and windchill we have been experiencing in January will be a thing of the past. If not she might have to consider joining me at the dome for an indoor run or two!
This is the first time I have been tasked with preparing a training plan for someone else. I tried to make it fun and useful. In doing so I did not include any workouts just because I like them and there are not any back to back days. This was part of the challenge, thinking of what would work best for my wife in this case instead of going with what I know works for me.
It is fun to share something I enjoy and hope my wife will enjoy it as well. I am excited to see the result on race day. If this goes well maybe I will be tasked with preparing more race training plans in the future!