Wednesday, April 30, 2008

What's next....?

It's a question I didn't think I would ask myself until a week or two after the race. But, it turns out, I'm not as fried as I thought I'd be. Yesterday, I actually counted back from the Harrisburg Marathon (November 9th) to see how long I had until I start an 18 week marathon plan. To start that plan, I would have to start on July 6th. That gives me over two months of training time to work on something else....

So.... I decided that I want to start an 8 week, 5k training plan. In my head, it will do two things for me. First, it will allow me to focus on a different kind of running altogether. I'll get much more speedwork in (which I've never really done in my running life) and hopefully throw in a nice 5k pr at the end. The other thing it will do for me is allow me to take the focus away from distance for a while. I'll spend a little less time (maybe not energy, but time) on the roads. And, maybe I'll be able to focus on losing a little weight before I start the marathon training.

I think I'm going to do the Hal Higdon Intermediate 5k Plan. It's 5 days of running (which I haven't done in quite some time), but it's not nearly as many miles as I have been doing. So, hopefully that evens out. I'm going to start next week and see how it treats me. I guess I need to find a track for my speedwork. Hmmm....

I also got my first post-half run in yesterday. Justin (from work) and I went on a run over lunch. It was supposed to be a light 3. But, you know how that goes when you are running with a partner. Anyway, here's the recap.

Run recap- 3.5 miles, 32:05, 9:10 pace

7 comments:

cymrusteve said...

Sounds like a great plan. So, you're going for another one of those "twice as long as a half" races? And I thought you'd retired from those....

Glad the recovery is going well and I look forward to reading all about your speedy 5k training.

Nitmos said...

Sounds like a good plan. Build some speed and then get into more endurance training for the fall marathon. Don't look now but you are following the natural evolutionary arc of a marathoner!

Go for that marathon. The seond is always a nicer experience. But, kidding side, it's still hard. There's no way around that. Very rewarding, however.

Eric Gervase said...

Yeah... I want to run another marathon. But, I wasn't sure if this year was "the year" to do it. But, based on the fact that my wife is pregnant and we'll have less time with two kids then one.... I figured, now is as good a time as any.

So... here's the deal I've made with myself. If I blow myself up again in the marathon, I might be done with that distance altogether. My real goal is to run consistently. So, being injured doesn't help that goal. But, I'm hoping that doesn't happen again.

In regards to the speedwork, I'm gonna keep a close eye on how I feel. Don't want to get injured before the full training.

e said...

You know, I decided to run the Philadelphia marathon this November. Like you, I would like to shed some pounds before I start training for a full.

Let me know how the speedwork goes. I've been avoiding that like nobody's business!

Eric Gervase said...

That's awesome. Good luck with the Philly marathon. I know some people who ran that last year.

In regards to the speedwork... This will be my first shot at it. I've been running for 15 months now. So, I think I'm ready. But, I'd hate to injure myself. I enjoy the running too much.

cymrusteve said...

Ah, new photo - very cool!!

cyberpenguin said...

Hi Eric,

You've got a very smart plan! It's clear that you've learned some important lessons from previous race-training & racing experiences!

BTW, congrats on your new half-marathon PR! Fantastic job!

-C