Wednesday, October 02, 2013
The local running store not only sells shoes, but offers a variety of training programs. This evening there was an informational session on an upcoming half/full marathon training program. My PT had mentioned going to them for training, so today I made the time to go learn about the training.
It's attractive. They have a 14 week program, with the current cycle aimed at a race in January or February, including the Disney Goofy (39.3) and Dopey (48.6) challenges. They segment the training by experience level, with the lowest level being Beginner Half Marathon, for people who have never done a half. That would be me.
The program has two group workouts per week, Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. The long runs are on Saturday, and go in pace groups. That's attractive, as I may need a pace group to learn to run slower. I'm told this is common among relatively new runners. There's also a significant marketing component to the training, but I can deal with that.
For the Beginner Half Marathon, they want someone to have a base of 10 to 15 miles running per week and an ability to run 7 miles. I checked with RunKeeper, and my base right now is about 12 miles. The longest I've gone is 4.57 miles, well short of 7; but I think I'll get to 7 in the relatively near future.
For now, that training is a future dream. The timing isn't right for this cycle. I'm still doing intervals this week, though I expect to run continually next week. The feet are much improved, but not 100%. Prudence dictates building slowly. The current training program starts this Thursday, as in tomorrow evening. I have to pass, but the idea is filed away for the next round. There will be a program aimed at the Flower City Challenge half marathon in late April, which could be possible for me.
While I was at the store, I had them video me on the treadmill for shoe selection. My pronation is much improved from the last time this was done, but I still pronate. The verdict is that the shoes I'm wearing (Saucony Mirage) are what the fitter would recommend given the treadmill video. This isn't a total surprise, but it's nice to get confirmation that the shoes I'm running in not only feel good but are also right for the way my stride is currently.
Right now, a half marathon is still a dream. The current plan is to get back to running continually, run a 5K in October, run a 10K in November, and then revisit the plan. By that time, it should be clear whether I can be ready for the next round of half marathon training that will start in January.
And the current plan is going well enough that I can let myself dream about a half. Perhaps that dream will turn into a plan, and the plan will turn into a reality; but for now, at least it's a nice dream.