Surf City Training Week: Jan 6 to Jan 12, 2020

Between the leg strengthening, the mileage, and the one-hour plus of aqua jogging to supplement my mileage, my legs are like “Why tho? What did we do to you?!?” Ha.These are my weekly miles in the last 6 weeks: 11, 6, 19, 27, 31, and 34. My long run in those 6 weeks went from 3.5, 3, 4 to 12, 13, and 14. Yikes.

Phase 2 begins…now!

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Training Weeks: Dec 23 to Dec 29 and Dec 30 to Jan 5

My strategy in this six week accelerated training cycle is to ramp up mileage for three weeks and then focus on speed for three weeks. That will give me the week of the race to rest, and then we go! Do not try this at home, kids. I am honestly just winging it. Here’s the summary of the last two weeks of Operation Hurry Up and Get the Mileage Up!

Surf City

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Training Week: December 16 to December 22

Do not try this at home. I broke one of the major rules of training for a race and jacked up my miles too much. An ideal training cycle would have me increasing my weekly mileage at a reasonable pace — no more than 10% a week. But my pedestrian math calculations made me realize I have six weeks to get into shape for the Surf City Half Marathon. Not a big deal if I had been maintaining some running fitness, but I had basically taken three out of the last four weeks off from running. Basically, I am panicking. Ha. Anyway, here’s how the week went.


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Training Week: November 18 to November 24

Week 3 post-Santa Clarita Half Marathon, and Week 3 of No Plan. It went from 0 miles and 0 workouts (Week 1) to some 3-milers (Week 2) and then 25 miles last week (Week 3). I got worried about losing running fitness and endurance since I’ll be traveling for 11 days later this week. Here’s how my week back to full-time training went.

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Looking Backward, Looking Forward

Santa Clarita was my last race of the year, so with the natural reverse taper and the end of the year at hand, it seems a good time to set out the game plan for 2020. Here’s the very fluid plan for the closing weeks of 2019, my tentative race schedule for 2020, and my goals for next year.

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