Training is not just about crossing the finish line. For me training is about crossing the finish line and not feeling like dog dirt for the next week. I think there are many people that can just cross the finish line on sheer willpower but I do not want to put myself through that type of mental anguish. I know that when I’m doing training runs not only are they beefing up my strength and endurance but they are preparing me mentally for the run ahead. I run to clear my head but after about an hour of running in silence some crazy thoughts can start to pop in. While running on my lunch break on Tuesday I was chatting with one of my buddies/Ragnar teammates about mental thoughts. Saturday while running, I was thinking about how long it would take to get frost bite since I had spilled water all over my glove. This was not an obsessive thought just a passing one but had I been out there for another hour it probably would have turned into an obsession.
The training plan I am sticking with right now I found on Competitor. Since the Ragnar event that I am running in is a relay I will probably break a few of the long runs into either 2 a days or even a 3 a day to mimic the actually race day sequence. When I training for my first Half marathon I used the Hal Higdon Novice 2 Schedule and I really liked it. Yesterday we were set to do a 45 minute hilly run but with all of the snow and ice still around the area we ran to the Art Museum and then up and down the steps about a dozen time and then ran back to the office. I'm supposed to be running right now but we are having our final winter blizzard (atleast I hope its our final blizzard). Which training plans have you used in the past? What did you like about them what didnt you like about them? Do you prefer to train with company or on your own. I love to run with friends!