Training Weeks 12/28/15-1/10/16: Signs of a Plan

Happy 2016!

We now join our story in progress…

After completing four weeks of Not Injured, I have dared to assemble a tentative plan for 2016. The first part of the plan is that I won’t be running any full marathons until September’s Ventura Marathon, which will be exactly one year from my last one. I really thought I’d be doing three fulls in 2016 – Surf City, Mountains2Beach, and then Ventura – but this last bout with injury has me skittish about jumping into marathon training before my body can handle it. I’m am enjoying my strength training and still building mileage on this midfoot strike, and I want to be in the best shape possible…before I ruin it with marathon training. Ha. Or at least minimize the damage. So until then, it will be three half marathons before the Ventura full: Surf City in February, Hollywood in April, and then my goal race Mountains2Beach in May. Continue reading “Training Weeks 12/28/15-1/10/16: Signs of a Plan”

Training Week 12/21 to 12/27/15 — Attacking from the Flank: Part 2 (Finally!)

Many moons ago, I posted that rather than taking the more direct route of Run More Run Faster, I was now taking a more circuitous route to getting faster. That first entry basically lauded cross training and the small gains I had already seen in a few weeks of a committed strength training program, plus some drills to improve my balance and ignite those fast twitch muscles. Part two focuses on that tricky little variable: those six inches between my headphones. Continue reading “Training Week 12/21 to 12/27/15 — Attacking from the Flank: Part 2 (Finally!)”

Training Week 12/7 to 12/13/15: Things That Make You Go “Hmmm…”

After spending eleven days in Europe subsisting on tapas, bread, cheese, and sugar, and doing no running (save one in Paris), I entered this week girding myself for the pain of training re-entry.

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Freezing in Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris

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Training Week 11/2/15 to 11/8/15: Stepping Forward, Stepping Back

Hey! Seems like not only have I taken a break from running, I’ve also taken a brief hiatus from blogging. I guess not being on a steady training schedule threw me off my blog game too, and while I remember being a bit cavalier about having a weekly summary, perhaps that type of structure does me well. Anyway, here’s what’s been happening over here at Not-Running Central. Continue reading “Training Week 11/2/15 to 11/8/15: Stepping Forward, Stepping Back”

Attacking from the Flank: Part 1 of 2

“The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.” – Archimedes

If you want to run faster, then you have to run faster. Or, to get better at running, you have to run more. Seems like this is patently obvious. I mean, practice makes perfect, right? Continue reading “Attacking from the Flank: Part 1 of 2”

Weekly Training Summary Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2015: Q&A and more Q

As I mentioned in last week’s training summary, there is no plan. I am currently in a holding pattern — an active holding pattern — but waiting nonetheless. I have answers to some questions and, well, more questions. Below, dear reader, the pressing questions. Continue reading “Weekly Training Summary Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2015: Q&A and more Q”