I just wrapped up Week 10 of training for the Heartland 39.3 Challenge, which is the highest mileage week of the program…the crescendo, the height of pain and pleasure, the peak in the training program where I always either start to feel like the shit or begin berating myself up for not being in a better state and begin talking nonsense like “I just want to enjoy the race!”
This training program has been interesting (Hal Higdon’s Advanced Plan), as I’ve discussed before. I’ve basically modified it every week, since I can’t bring myself to run 6 days each week–3-5 race pace miles on Fridays, then a long run on Saturdays (up to 2 hours now), continuing Sunday through Wednesday with speed work and tempo runs included.
I’ve adapted the program most weeks by dumping the easy run the day after the long run (although I did do it last week and felt great.)
So last week I had a kickass 5-mile race pace run on Friday (averaging 8:22 without very much effort…riding on the NY Marathon high perhaps?) and then followed up with a fantastic 12.3 mile easy run on Saturday (averaging 9:35). I made a very mellow playlist and took things soooo slow and easy. My playlist was pretty ridiculous…like Sweatin’ to the Oldies. I am an elderly woman.
Here is a sample…find any running inspiration here? I did.
I have to ask, looking at this playlist photo…does an explicit version of Kenny Loggins’ Heart to Heart even exist?
Tell the truth, bitch
Don’t fucking turn away
From this one last chance
To touch each other’s heart
Is that out there somewhere? Dare I dream?
I came home on a runner’s high, which is not good for HH, since that means I will talk about my run in infinite detail.
Now for my question…I am hoping for some advice from my fellow running fiends. The Advanced plan calls for me to do another 2-hour long run this weekend (the weekend before the first half.) It then calls for a bit of tapering during the week (2 miles instead of 3, a speed workout, a 30-minute tempo run, and then two days rest before the race.)
Does this seem like enough tapering to you? Basically, I am just wondering if it’s okay that I will be running over 12 miles the weekend before. Most plans that I’ve followed in the past have called for a reduction in mileage for the last long run before the race. I know that Hal knows what he is doing with his plans, but I am just wondering if I’m up to heeding his call or if I would be better off to run something like 9-10 instead. I felt strong this weekend and completed the 2-hour run easily, so that makes me think I’m okay to do another one, but I don’t want to come in tired and not at my potential, especially when I’ve worked so hard this cycle on speed and have another two half marathons in the four weeks following the race.
I will appreciate and welcome any thoughts/suggestions/advice. Many of my running readers are far faster and more experienced than I am, so I am looking to you for your expert judgment (and any info on whether Kenny Loggins ever released a raunchy or explicit version of his seminal song, Heart to Heart.)