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Training for a Mini Marathon
I have now registered, paid money, for the opportunity to run in the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon.

I'm having a hard time deciding how I'm going to train for it.

Here's the simple answer:   Join the YMCA Mini Marathon Training Program.   I did.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 
 Run Run -Run  x-train Long Group Run-

They have one Long Group Run with everybody together -- and the rest is pretty much on our own.  The mileage ramps up from around 11 miles per week up to {some other big number that I can't remember}.  They also provide busses to go to the actual races (there are 4 total, culminating in the Mini) which helps with the whole parking problem.  

The Problem

The week before that, I signed up at the YMCA for Swim Lessons, on Monday and Wednesday.
Additionally, I play Soccer on Sunday nights.  Soccer is killer draining - requires a rest day after. 

I now have too much in the schedule -- and some things can't move (in bold)

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 
 RunSwim Run  x-trainLong Group Run Soccer

So, I'm having to make some concessions. 
  • I'm going to consider Soccer to be the equivalent of 1 run. Actually, its more like an interval workout than a run.   Definitely gets my heart up past LT.
  • I'm going to use bicycling and swimming as cross-training.  Bicycling is important because post-marathon, I'll be training for RAGBRAI
  • I'm going to wedge in two recovery days (recovery = nothing else doing) in the week.
  • I'm going to adopt some aspects of the 3plus2 FIRST program as outlined in [book], namely the differentiation between interval, tempo, and long runs.
  • I'm going to try to double up what I can as far as going to the YMCA - so that my recovery days, I go straight home from work, to be with my family.
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 
 Bike (easy)
 -Run (easy) 
Run (Tempo) -Group Run (long)Soccer

This should work for the first few weeks, anyway - till swimming class is done, and the soccer session is over.  Then I can replan the schedule.

Here's to simplicity.


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