|LESS IS MORE OR LESS from Fifty Five Hi's|
In order to be able to masterfully conquer the 26.2 distance, you have to put in a billion trillion miles. That means that you are hitting the pavement daily, gradually increasing distance and intensity of your runs. This is logical and linear. My Virgo brain likes things that work this way. (Obviously - this is a gross over-simplification of any effective training plan. Calm down.) This all takes a ton of time and planning, thus throwing your life into a total tailspin - but you're a dedicated runner and you do what the plan says. Runners like rules.
All of that sounds wonderful, so why would anyone stray from a traditional marathon training plan? I cannot speak for anyone else, but there are several reasons why I found RW's article to be interesting. The basic idea is that you put in fewer "junk miles" - really focusing on three quality workouts a week (speed work, tempo, distance.) Quality over quanitity! This does not mean that you have 4 days of total rest; you have 4 days to focus on recovery, cross training, strength and did I say recovery? I would like to stay injury free before and after this race.
I know what you're thinking: this sounds like the lazy man's plan. I assure you, it isn't. Here are the reasons why I am thinking about trying a modified version of this Less-Is-More plan:
- My 31 year old joints get really angry once my mileage approaches 60 mpw
- I live in Wisconsin, where it is quite cold and unpredictable throughout the winter
- I am a teacher by day. My days are LONG and unpredictable. This means I am running in the dark whether it is a morning run or a night run.
- I am a stationery designer by night. Again - long days. Not enough hours in them.
- I make all of my food from scratch in the evening (though I try to make if for multiple dinners at a time) - again - NO TIME
- I get bored and variety is a necessity in my life - otherwise I will go legit insane
- I do believe that being a complete athlete means lots of cross-training, strength training along with running
- I already have a really solid fitness base, so I'm not starting without the endurance
|Quality Over Quantity from powerandlight|