I've mentioned before that I'm not really a fan of training plans. Most are a little too complicated for my tastes. However, I do like a routine and a roadmap. After 06/16, I had no plan. My little spreadsheet of estimated mileage that I threw together last November stopped. Nothing scheduled, no long runs mapped out, no direction.
And, I was lost.
So, I panicked and started e-mailing everyone I know who is running JFK to find out how they are planning on training for it.
I scheduled out estimated mileage until November and feel a little better. Originally, I planned on taking it quite easy for the remainder of June and the month of July. I figured I'd cut way back on mileage and enjoy having no plan. However, I'm a creature of habit. I've gotten pretty used to my routine. During the mid-week, I'd run - twice a day. Once in the morning, once at lunch, anywhere from 3-6 miles during each one. One of them would usually involve the dogs.
On the weekends, I had another routine. Run 8-10 miles one day and then more miles the other day. As of late, one of those was broken up with a short run, stop, pick up the dogs from the animal shelter and then finish out the mileage for that day.
Last week, I figured I was recovering and did very little in terms of running. But, by the weekend, I didn't quite know what to do. I felt like a sloth and missed my routine. I figured I'd go with the same approach, just less overall miles. I didn't like it and wanted to feel like I was progressing towards something.
So, I have my estimated mileage mapped out and will get back to my normal routine since that's what feels comfortable.
However, I need races in there. I don't really have any planned since those plans stopped in June as well.
I signed up for a 5K on July 4th. It will likely be the only 5K I'll run for the rest of the year. The exception being the Peace 4 Paws 5K in September but I don't know if I'll run since I am helping with that one and if I run I'll probably have either one of my own dogs or one of the shelter dogs by my side. I had a goal to PR in all distances for the year. Guess that means next week is my shot at the 5K...very unlikely that it will happen!
In August, I plan on doing a local 5 mile race but otherwise my calendar is clear.
I'm thinking of signing up for Fire on the Mountain 50K again as my last long run before JFK 50 Mile. I'm also debating signing up for Freedom's Run marathon. Both race dates are planned for people training for JFK but in some ways, they all seem kind of close together (Oct. 13, Oct. 28 and Nov. 17).
There is something intriguing about re-running the first marathon I ran and the first 50K I ran as training for my first 50 miler though...hmm...should I just register for those two and cut off race registering after that? Or, should I consider some other choices? Thoughts or suggestions?