|Joe and I after the finish of my 2nd 100 miler
The philosophy of this plan is periodization. The training is broken into concentrated chunks where you do one specific workout consistently, until there are no gains to be made from it, then you have a week of recovery and move on to another challenge. The first few months are focused on building cardio (speedwork).
I just finished the first stage where I had 5 workouts of: 5 - 3 minute bursts (as fast as you can run) followed by 3 min recovery, over a 60 minute run. By the end of this phase, I was beginning to understand periodization. The first of these workouts was tough. The 2nd and 3rd were easier and my intervals got faster. The last two, it was tough to maintain my interval speed (7:15 - 7:30), and by the last interval of the 5th one, it was a slug out. I feel like I squeezed everything I could out of this segment, and it ended just as I was getting burned out on it, and inching closer to possible injury.
Now I am in a week of easy 60 minute runs, and looking forward to the next segment of longer speed intervals.
I am committed to sticking to this plan. It will be a long, sweaty summer, but I think the dividends will be great come race time.
Check this out if you want more info on this concept.
I'll check in after the next stage of training to give another update.
Happy Running Y'all!