I love running. Really. Hauling my ass out of bed in the middle of the night to dodge traffic in a strange city whose design seemingly includes no concern for pedestrian traffic flow generally or my life specifically Dream come true.
Sometimes, though, it’s hard to get up. Maybe it’s dark and cold and rainy and I’m tired and the bed is comfortable and I don’t want to run and I ran yesterday and I’ll run tomorrow extra long and sleep is important and I am a much better sleeper than I am a runner.
Really, it’s a constant battle between RunningGreg and SleepingGreg. Or xBox Greg. Or Netflix Greg. There are many Gregs.
One of the things that helps keep SleepingGreg at bay is having a plan. And one of the things that guarantees a plan is running a marathon. I’ve got one coming up. And now I have a plan.
Really, it’s not that far of a leap. I’m running the Run for the Red Marathon on May 18th and I really want to shake up my training. It will have been 18 months since Philly and I need some way to push myself.
For previous marathons I’ve both “designed” my own plan (by basically dog eating a copy of ‘The Competitive Runner’s Handbook’) and bought 16 week plans where you get a one time download of an excel sheet or PDF. I’ve had great experience with Greg McMillian, who is a well known elite coach, has an amazing website where you can get a lot of free training information as well as order a custom training plan.
This time I’ve opted to actually for a plan where I get to actually interact with a coach at McMillian. I’ve got my first month of training and I’m thrilled.
Today is my first day of training and I’m taking the day off. Cause that’s what the training says. SleepingGreg wins. But that’s OK. Cause it’s on the plan.
Tomorrow, I’m doing a progressive thirds run where, according to the fanatic McMillian site:
For the first third, you run at a relatively slow, comfortable pace. As you progress to the second third of the run, your pace will have gradually increased to your normal steady running pace. Over the last third of the run, you increase your speed so that you’re running a strong, comfortably hard pace.
I’m on for a 60 minute workout tomorrow. I’ll report back. Or sleep through it. Can’t sleep through it. It’s on the plan.