Ever since my racing season ended back in December I’ve just been running whenever I’ve felt like it. No plan to follow, no schedule to adhere to, just running by the seat of my pants whenever the urge struck me. Unfortunately there were some weeks when the urge didn’t strike as often as it should have and that is the danger of not having a plan to follow. I like to think of this strategy as being spontaneous. You may think that this is a reckless and cavalier way for me to train, but I in turn think that your feet are too big and your hairstyle is outdated. Sure I’ve thrown in a few tempo runs, and maybe one or two speedwork sessions, but mostly I’ve been running junk miles. (Ed. Note - A quick check of my Personal Running Log reveals that I have done no speedwork sessions at all. Boo-yah!)
As of Monday there will be no more junk miles for me because I’ll be embarking on the FIRST training plan. Those of you that have been around since I ran the Denver Half Marathon will remember how much I cursed this plan during my training, and also how much faster it made me. I’m starting their 12 week 10K training program that will lead me up to the Bolder Boulder. Why am I focusing so much on a 10K? Quite simply the Bolder Boulder is the most important race that I run. Every year 50,000 runners in 85 separate waves toe the line in Boulder which means it’s an extremely popular race and also that many of my non-runner friends will be competing against me. I can’t even begin to tell you how much it sucks to get beaten by one of your friends who is not a runner.
I had been hoping to run the Bolder Boulder this year in 50 minutes, but thanks to an overload of junk miles that’s probably not in the cards. I think I could probably go out and run a 53:30 10K right now and it’s not likely that I can cut three and a half minutes off it in 12 weeks, but it is way too early for talking about goals so I’ll just table that discussion for now.
You can learn more about the FIRST plan and see the training plan that I’ll be using at their website. Furman Institute of Running & Scientific Training.