I've dabbled in several "programs," throughout the years, from Intermediate/Advanced training on Runner's World websites to books, such as Run Less, Run Faster. However, despite the fact that I am physically capable of completing 99.9% of the workouts listed in said programs, I find that reality called "life" eventually kicks in and I actually end up completing about 50% of my training plan.
Add in the fact that I still need to add cross-training to the mix (yoga/spinning/
Essentially, I feel it's important to have three to four days of running a week. Not all of the runs are "easy" and not all are "hard." Balance, although something I'm not that great at, is the key with marathon training. With that being said, I give you a "rough draft" of what I envision a typical week of training will look like:
Monday: Gym (weight training, easy 3-5 mile run on treadmill)
Tuesday: Track workout
Wednesday: Yoga (at a real studio, not in my apartment where I am super distracted and frustrated because yoga makes me hate life)
Thursday: Tempo run/running club (Thurs. is beer runners night, but I generally run to get to our club's meeting spot, so can use that part as my tempo run. It's also a great night to get in some miles, depending on the bar we're running to.)
Saturday: Long Run
Knowing my body, I think two rest days a week are key. I would like to somehow fit in a spinning class, but I'm not sure where that would go. I like having rest days before and after my long run, but will sometimes do a "shake-out" run the day after I go long. Of course, training plans are flexible, but I do want to establish some sort of routine.
What training plans have you found to be successful?
Seriously, I'm game for any suggestions. And any plan that will guarantee an entry to Boston 2012!