I am sure you’ve heard of this method right? Well, in a nutshell it is based on the concept of cumulative fatigue. You train your body to run successfully when you are tired at the end of a race. These plans are 18 weeks and have you running 6 days (easy, speed/strength, tempo, and long runs) a week with one rest day. Sounds exhausting right? I know, I know.
I’ve heard so many great things about it and well I decided to go ahead and try it out. For now I am slowly getting into the groove of running so many days per week. My goal is to also implement this as I train for the 2016 Chicago Marathon which starts the first week of June. I finally registered!
Am I scared? Yes. Nervous? Absolutely! I’ve never run 6 days a week. During the last few weeks of my training for the RnR NOLA in February, I was running 4 days a week and I had days in which I was tired but then also had days in which I felt great.
A few weeks ago I put together my plan and added my runs to my calendar. I am two weeks into it and so far it is going good. Part of it could be that I was on Spring Break last week and was taking it really easy. This week I’ve been more tired than usual (I realized I need more than 8 hours of sleep each night). I do not feel sore and surprisingly am recovering better than I expected.
Have you used this plan before in your training? How did it go? Thoughts and/or advice?