Today the "running after an injury" training plan calls for walking 3 minutes, running 7 minutes and then repeating it twice more. I'm actually still pretty sore from yoga on Sunday, so I'm hopeful the running will help work out the kinks. My guess is since it's only run 3 for me since recovering that it will leave me more sore. Ah, the price we pay... I'm hoping to spend a little time on a bike after I run. I know it's important I do other things to build my strength and fitness back up.
It's hard for me to not drool a bit over some of your blog posts. You people are out there running all sorts of crazy long runs and getting ready for races in the next few weeks... and I. am. so. jealous.
Don't get me wrong. It feels GREAT to be able to run a little bit again. And I'm not about to go crazy and try to do too much too fast. But I still can't help but feel a little left out. I know I need to give it a few weeks to see how things go before I even start plotting to run a 5K.
I'm also trying to remind myself that I should use my free time right now to do some research. I'm going to need a good training plan to start come May to get ready for the Chicago marathon. This is where you come in: What training plan have you used and loved? I've tried a different one with all 4 of my marathons... I don't like to get bored. There's one that I used that was a spin-off of the FIRST plan that I did exceptionally well with and could go back to, but I'm curious what all of you have known and loved.
Send me the link if there's one online you thought was great, or just tell me where I can find the one you used. I'm determined to really read up on this and find one that will not only be a good fit for my life but that is also one that will help me improve my marathon time. I'm determined to do the work to get my time down. I'm currently sitting on a 4:31:23 PR, and I'd LOVE to hit 4:15 in Chicago (though we all know that deep down I'd love to break the 4-hour mark).
If you're willing to take a few minutes to share what's worked for you, I'd certainly be appreciative.