Lately I have fallen back into an old habit. The phrase ‘old habit’ typically has a negative connotation, so you’re probably thinking I’ve begun an old, bad habit. But that’s not the case. This is a good habit, and I’m happy to have fallen back into it because it means I’ve earned my shirt!
Still don’t know what I’m talking about? I’m talking about finally getting back into a consistent running/workout routine. Specifically, I’ve started following a training structure similar to what I followed for my first half marathon, which subsequently was when I started running. It’s the same structure I’ve used for the past 7 years of running, except when I trained for my two full marathons. It feels good to be back in this routine, like putting on a pair of well-worn shoes.
This training pattern involves cross training on Mondays, running Tuesday through Thursday, a long run on Saturday, and rest days on Friday and Sunday. The only difference this time around is that I’m also including a short to mid-distance trail run on most Sundays as well.
Hanson’s training really skewed my view on running and training. It made me feel like anything under 30 miles a week, and anything less than 6 days of running per week, wasn’t enough. Somehow that translated into my doing little to no running instead. If anyone can figure out that logic, please explain it to me.
But I’m back to my old ways now, and am running 15 to 30 miles per week. Although I liked the training process for a marathon, and the weeks of hard work, it’s not a schedule I can keep regularly. This old schedule keeps me in shape for races, keeps running fun, and is a good fit for me overall. It’s the style of training that has carried me through seventeen half marathons.
You know what they say: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Do you have a standard workout pattern that you follow each week?