It all started back in May when I won training with the local chapter of USA Fit from The Happy Runner. Woo hoo! I won and then I had to train for a marathon (I could have chosen a half, but I wanted a full). It all fell into my lap and seemed too good to be true. ADP and the family were on board so I started training.
The "mechanics" are similar to other plans...long run on the weekend, track workouts, tempo runs, with some easy runs mixed in. I love long runs. I growing to love tempo runs (as long as it isn't hot). Track workouts are still so-so for me. Up until now I had been doing 400s up to 2000s for my speed work. This training plan was time based so 30 seconds, 60 seconds, 1 min and 3 mins for the fast part of the track workout. I get why speed is important in a training plan. But can someone explain to me how a 1 minute fast / 2 mins slow is going to help me over the course of a marathon that will probably take me at least 300 minutes? Just curious.
So...in the future I will stick to shorter training plans so I'm not ready to be done. I'll keep the track workouts to "longer" distances (all the better now that I know how to set it up on my garmin to do repeats!!). I definitely plan to keep the tempo runs as well!