Thursday, January 1, 2015

Run Happy in 2015

We are a week closer to the February 7th USA Cross Country Championships in Boulder, CO, and I'm beginning to transition from Fartleks and hills to more specific training. While the next month will still be strength based, the workouts will slowly start to get faster. I plan on racing into late June/early July, so it is too soon to start sharpening up, but it is the perfect time to build strength and aerobic fitness at distances signficantly shorter than marathon training. It will be another opportunity to change the pace of training before returning to the marathon in the early fall before the 2016 Olympic Trials.

The New Year's celebration provides us all with an opportunity to reflect and analyze goals for the coming year. For myself, everything I do in 2015 will geared toward making the 2016 US Olympic Team in Rio. This will include cross country, track, and road racing before going for another marathon buildup. The year will also include a couple of stints at altitude in order to nail down a plan heading into the February 2016 marathon trials. While we still have over 13 months, it will absolutely be here before we know it.

For those still working on the path to achieving their 2015 goals, check out Prevail Coaching and feel free to reach out for advice or personal coaching options. We are going to keep the group very small for 2015, but we still have a few spots left.

I hope everyone had a great first run of the year, and I am pumped to get back on a cross country course next month! Last week's training is below. Thanks again for reading, and follow me here on Twitter for more updates.

Monday 12+drills and strides 5.5 40 minutes 18





Tuesday 3.5 mile warmup, 10 mile tempo @ 5:14, 3.5 mile cooldown Off
17





Wednesday 10 7 40 minutes 17





Thursday 12 5 + drills and strides
17





Friday 5 Tempo workout: 3 mile (4:45), 2 mile (4:41), 1 mile (4:38)
17





Saturday off Off – travel from Prague to Portland
0





Sunday 18

18


Off

TOTAL


104

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