OK, so I never thought I say this, but this morning’s 19 miler felt (gulp) easy…
As I briefly touched on in my previous post, I am currently training for the Long Island Marathon using Hal Higdon’s Intermediate II program. Being roughly halfway though the program, I can definitly say that I am responding very well to this schedule.
Mileage wise, its about the same amount of weekly miles I was doing in my previous training programs, but they are distributed across the week differently. For example, I previous 50 mile week would consist of 6 6-Milers and a long 14-miler. I was running 7 days a week and alot of my runs were the same distance (usually 6 miles). Now look at Week 11 of Hal’s program…
- Monday: Cross train (or off)
- Tuesday: 5 Miler
- Wednesday: 10 Miler
- Thursday: 5 Miler
- Friday: Off
- Saturday: 10 Miler (pace)
- Sunday: 20 Miler (easy)
Ok, now these are done at varying paces based on the week, but there are 2 things I really like. 1) The varying distances. This allows my to run hard and fast on shorter runs if I feel up to it and lets me work of pacing on the longer ones. 2) The weekends are “stacked”. Meaning a “semi-long” run at marathon pace on Saturday and then right back to an LSD (long slow distance) run on Sunday. Previously, I was running a MAX on 4 miles on Saturday in preparation for my long Sunday runs. Turns out I was being overly cautious and not getting the maximum benefits of my training.
So in summary… Hal Higdon is a genius. Check out his programs and find one that works for you. He offers plans for every distance and skill level!
“Locked and loaded for a 19 miler”