TRAINING STARTS After four weeks of training you should be settling into a groove and hopefully becoming accustomed to track days, if you decided to stick with that part of the plan. Last week those on the runner plan ran/walked at a ratio of 3 minute to 1 minute (about 75% of the total time was spent running). This week the ratio will involve running 80% of the total time. Overall, the total running duration and distance is increasing.
Those on the walker plan will notice a big change in the range of duration of the long easy walk. Last week Saturday it was 60 minutes. This week it will be 45-90 minutes! Hal Higdon’s walker training plan, adapted by Earned Runs calls for this change. Since you will be increasing mileage and minutes earlier in the week he is giving you the opportunity to either rest up from the extra effort, or reach for the stars. Ninety minutes is the longest duration walk of the entire plan!
My thought is that Higdon figured most regular walkers can push themselves to this point once, but perhaps not easily. However, if you are going to compete as a walker in a Turkey Trot event you will want to cover a greater distance over the course of the 90 minutes as training progresses, so at the end of the plan your pace is about 15 minutes/mile or less. Which means you can walk a fast 5k the day of the race or finish a 10k with a respectable time.
As runners and walkers add on mileage, you may decide FULL REST DAYS are needed, and it's best to SKIP A CROSS-TRAINING session. This is perfectly fine and a smart thing to do if you notice too much fatigue carrying over from your long running or walking days the prior week.
Forty-three-year old Olympian marathoner Meb Keflezighi provides great advice for runners in an article “Meb’s Tips for Performing into Your 40s and Beyond”. He says to listen to your body; it’s safer to err on the side of doing less than more, to avoid injury. HIS ADVICE APPLIES TO BEGINNER RUNNERS AND WALKERS as well veterans! No matter what your age, the risk of injury increases with over-training. So take a break, get enough sleep, make sure you stretch, and perform weekly core and strength work.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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