Last year I started what I hope to be a life long tradition, on my birthday I ran 1 km for every year I have been shuffling around this mortal coil. To my amazement plenty of great friends and family showed up to celebrate with me.
This last week I had a Facebook message from Heather’s cousin Dan (don’t even get me started with the number of Dan’s in the family) asking if I was doing it again this year and if I had any suggestions how to train for the full distance. My initial reactions was “easy tiger it is months away” and “what business do I have telling people how to train?” Then I got to thinking, typically training plans range from 8 all the way up to 24 weeks depending on the distance you want to run, the longer the distance the more base mileage they expect the runner to have. Hmmm could I build training plans for each of the distances I planned to offer?!!
Challenge accepted, so with a combination of my own knowledge and the Google machine I set to work this snowy afternoon digging through other people’s programs. Very much a Goldilocks paradigm, this plan is too hard, this plan is too easy, this plan is too speed focused, so after a couple of hours of tweaking I think I have come up with a few plans that are just right.
The plans will be inserted in this post somehow (editor Heather will be taking care of such technical matters).
Exercise and living well has come to mean a lot to me. I have always struggled with my weight and know that diet alone, at least not one I would be happy to eat is enough to make me or in my humble opinion any of us “healthy”. We put a lot of stock in being thin, but if you can’t run around the block or carry heavy grocery bags up a few flights of stairs, all you have done is achieved an aesthetic, which is nice but a little hollow and not overly useful. Cousin Dan’s wife actually wrote a great blog recently along these lines, specifically on her clients primary goals of just being thin rather than fit which you can read by clicking here.
Pardon my digression. I would love for all of you to join me on my birthday for a run, the distances will be 5km, 10km, 21km and 35km (I know I really don’t look it). Now granted you don’t all live near me or in many cases on the same continent however it would be a great birthday gift to me and a pretty awesome gift to yourselves if on July 28th you get out there and run!!!
I may regret this later but I am also going to offer up my services as your coach, so feel free to ask me questions about the training plans, nutrition and even lube and I will do my very best to answer them all, any sports bra questions however I may have to defer to Heather. So what do you say, are you up for it?
Now just to make this blog a little prettier here are some pictures about how not to go train in knee high snow….