personally i use mine more towards the middle. to follow it to the "t" is the ultimate goal, but sometimes it just doent happen. i start the training process 4 months before race day, im gonna use my upcoming october race for timeline purposes. so heres what the basic breakdown looks like:
4 months till race day (june) = training 3/days a week.
~that usually looks like 2 days running and 1 day cross-training
3 months till race day (july) = training 4/days a week.
~during this month i typically add another cross-training day.
2 months till race day (august) = training 5/days a week.
~add on that last day of running.
this training cycle though, i did it a little different. in june i chose to run 3/days a week, adding 1 cross-training day in july, and my 2nd cross-training in august. this is where you stray more to the guide side of the training plan. something just felt right about running 3 days in the 1st month, so i went with it. here is what my training plan week by week looks like for this cycle:
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with each training cycle comes some sacrifices...
2 months before race day-august 1st
~give up starbucks, alcohol, and fast food.
1 month before race day-september 1st
~continue with the first 3 things and give up pizza, anything fried, and ice cream.
last week when i ate mcdonalds the night before a run and my stomach was screwed up for the whole day. its hard to give up those things, yes. the alcohol isnt too hard except for when i go to bars, etc with friends. pizza is by far the hardest! i love pizza, seriously i do. and it is everywhere. all the time. ice cream is a very close second, mostly because i love it so. but the clean feeling is so worth it in the end, i promise!
|3rd place in my age group!!|