Thursday, July 21, 2005


So I got this email from my coach on Wednesday.

“If you are racing the 10-miler on Saturday plan on 5-6M today, and "just" 3-5M on Friday. After all, all that matters is how fast you run on Saturday, not getting an extra 4-6 miles in this week.”

I took that to mean, take Thursday off.

At 1 PM on Thursday he sent this message.

"Thursday: 9-10 miles. 3M easy warm-up. 3 x 1-mile on flat terrain @ 10-mile race pace effort. Easy 1/2 mile between. 2-3M easy cool-down."

After questioning him on if this was for the people doing the 10 mile race he said drop it down to 6-7 miles with just 2 x 1 mile repeats. I thought that was intersting, since 4 of the 5 people he sent the workout to ARE running the race.

If I did most of my runs in the evening, this wouldn’t be a problem. However, I like to do my main runs in the morning (except on Tuesday’s when I train with the team). Normally, I don’t have much planned in the evenings and I could fit this in. However, tonight Kinsey had a program at church where she sang a few songs then had an ice cream social. I promised her that I’d take her while Amy stayed home with Katie. By the time we got home it was 8:30. I suppose I could have strapped on my shoes after that and still gotten this workout in, but I didn’t.


Anonymous said...

Ultimately, coaching is probably the way to go. Especially when you can see them and talk to them. However, when your married, have kids, work 40-50 a week, etc., it may be best to coach yourself. If you do, be sure to have someone else around to hold you accountable. Most of us are either to hard or too easy on ourselves.

Chad said...

Yeah, you're probably right. I thought I try the coach route for a 1-2 years and see what happens. Mainly, I enjoy the group experience and having someone to push me once in awhile. It's my substitute for not having a gym membership.