I’ve been finding it difficult to stick to a running plan. I am used to being extremely disciplined, following a training plan with exact precision. (It tends to border on obsession.)
Being in Vietnam makes things more unpredictable, which I love, except for when in the midst of race training. I’ve ditched the strict day-to-day plan that looked liked this:
Instead, I’ve opted for a more open-ended, week-by-week plan.
In prep for the Angkor Wat Half Marathon coming up in 4 weeks (awesome right?), here is what I need to accomplish each week:
- 1 high intensity workout, i.e. pick ups, intervals, hill training (30-45 minutes)
- 1 mid-distance run (45 – 60 minutes)
- 1 long run (60 minutes or more)
- 2 circuits (1 arms, 1 legs)
- 3 core circuits
The great thing about this weekly “to do” list is I only need 3-4 training days and can complete the runs and circuits on the days I have time to get to the gym. (It’s hard to get to a treadmill when the streets are flooded from pouring rain and your only mode of transportation is a motorbike. Really, Vietnam?)
Core workouts can be done on the same day as running workouts. The arm and leg circuits can be done on the high intensity or mid-distance days.
This loose plan gives me the flexibility I need, while still getting in solid training. I just hope it pays off.