WEEK 8 TURKEY TROT WITH TRACK DAYS 5K Beginner Training Plan
Monday is the first day of Week 8 of the 10-week plan. Actually there’s a portion of an 11th week, but as some of you might be traveling or have a difficult time wrapping up pre-holiday plans, consider that last week to be a little taper.
Monday you may be recovering from weekend early Halloween celebrations. Whether you ate candy collected as treats from homes (raided a child’s goody bag or went “trick-or-treating” at an age thought to be inappropriately old for the fun activity), or at parties and bars, consider it a carbohydrate load but forego highly-concentrated sugar sweets after a day or so and get back to your normally nutritious meals and snacks. If you plan to run the track day schedule it will be an opportunity to test how a change in diet can affect the way you feel and run.
If the traditional October 31 day will be your "'All Hallow's Eve", the track work will get you in shape for the night's fun!
The longest runs of the plan are scheduled during this week and the next. After week 9 you will be decreasing mileage to recover from these hardest training weeks for the race. Somehow, when I am running intervals or hills, the second to last happens to be my best effort. I know I only have one more after it, so I give it all my concentration and power through it. Enjoy looking back at the progress you’ve made at the end of week 8!
Track Day Schedule
WEEK #8 (3.0 miles)
START: One lap warm-up walk
RUN: 1 full lap and WALK: half lap
Repeat: 1 time = 0.375 miles
RUN: 3 full laps and WALK: half lap
Repeat: 3 times = 2.625 miles
END: One lap cool-down walk
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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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