Some random thoughts . . .
- I’m proud of myself for sticking with the RLRF training program for this long. I tend to not follow anything after a while. Last spring life got in the way; other times I lost interest in the training plans and wanted to go back to doing my own thing. The fact that I still like RLRF and look forward to training means that he program works for me.
- I appreciate the customizability of the RLRF training program app. You give the app your latest race result and it’ll create a 16-week marathon training program based on that time. As you gain fitness or perhaps get injured, you can adjust the given time that the program was based on. Since the start of the program, I’ve made a number of adjustments based on how training has been going. After a couple weeks, I realized that the plan was too hard, so I input a slower 5K race time. After a couple weeks as I regained my old level of fitness, the target paces were too easy so I adjusted it once more.
- A problem that recently arose in RLRF is the difference in difficulty between the speed work and tempo runs. Currently I have it set so that the tempo runs are challenging, but doable, however, RLRF is assigning speed work that is impossible for me to do. The only way I can do the speed work is if I “cheat,” for example, by taking longer rest/recovery intervals. If I change the program so that I am able to do the speed work (challenging, but doable), then tempo runs are much too easy for me, to the point where it isn’t a tempo pace for me at all. I haven’t noticed anyone else using RLRF experiencing this or talking about it, so I’m assuming that this problem is specific to me, rather than a fault of RLRF. I haven’t firmly decided what to do to address this situation. As of now I adjust by “cheating” but I’m evaluating the merits and faults of changing between two different programs. I could do the paces for the long runs and tempo from the faster RLRF program and do the speed work from the slower RLRF program. This is something for me to think about.
Another post of mine is up at Salty Running. This time I’m talking about why Maine is a great place to do a runcation/racecation! Head over and read what I wrote and/or tell me what I should see/do while I’m up here. And yes, lots of lobster is on the menu!