People always ask me what training plan or how I train for races. For me training is all about training smart and listening to my body. With that in mind I make a schedule for the months leading up to my race and stick to it as much as possible.
As my back can be an issue if I don’t take care of it I only run 3 times a week. Sometimes less if I really need the extra rest. I also stretch EVERY SINGLE DAY. And foam roll after every run. Hydration is also important so I make sure always carry a water bottle everywhere I go.
Here is what my training calendar looks like for my up coming race. Remember I just did a half marathon so my body is already used to some distance.
I created this plan from a mix of a few different plans and listening to my body. I know what I can handle and what I can do.
Every short run has hills and almost every long run has hills. (I live on a mountain so there is elevation as well) if my time before a race allows I run longer distances twice so that my body can get used to it. I try to do the first one slow intervals. The second one I try to push myself a bit and really listen to my body.
I have a few Pilates Dvds I follow and sometimes workout dvd like Jillian Michaels for strength days or just do my own strength work. I do not have a gym just hand weights, resistance bands, and a ball. My cross training consists of hiking, paddle boarding (in summer), dvds, PE with my students…
Rest days are rest days. I do not do any work outs on rest days. I walk to and from like normal but I try to let my body completely rest those days.
What do you do for your workouts? How do you train for races?