It’s been one month since I started my training plan and while it is still early days, I feel like I am starting to see some positive results.
My plan is focused on keeping my hard days short and quick, and my easy days very easy and slow. The idea is to avoid burning myself out on the easy days so that I have the energy, endurance and strength to work harder on the hard days.
So far, I feel great! This is the first plan in a long time that I have really made myself hold back on the long runs and I really feel like it is paying off. My long runs are up to 14 km from 9 km in just 4 weeks. I have also been doing parkrun on Saturdays – one of my quick days – and I have gotten faster each week. This weekend, I have run my fastest 5K all year: 24 minutes flat. (Even better, this was despite missing my speed day this week due to a cold.)
One thing that I haven’t done yet is the second weights day I planned to do on Saturdays. I’ve had something scheduled each Saturday since I’ve started training, so I’ve only had time for parkrun. I’m sure the additional session would be a benefit, but I don’t think I’m negatively impacting myself by only getting the one weights day in each week.
There are four more weeks left until the Adelaide Half Marathon. I’m feeling very positive about where my fitness is heading and getting a good Half Marathon time to start the year with.