Tag Archives: trail running

The Sign You’ve Got a Racing Problem…

…I realized something about 35 minutes ago.  I’m signed up for two races next Saturday.  I’m not entire sure how it happened, but I’m supposed to be running at Run or Dye Chicago 5K and the Muddy Monk May Day! May Day! May Day! 10K.

Okay, so, realistically I know exactly what happened.  I bought the Muddy Monk season pass and mentally signed up for all the races, but didn’t put any of them on the calendar until I had officially signed up.  Run or Dye was a Groupon (or maybe Living Social) deal I bought to run with Krista.  Apparently I didn’t put that on the calendar either so when I finally officially signed up for the May Day race, I didn’t know there was a scheduling conflict,

BRIGHT SIDE!  The races are at different times and the start/ finish lines are only actually about 15 minutes away from each other! 

Race Conflict Map

So, as you’ve probably guessedby now, I’m plannign to run both!  Run or Dye starts at 9am and May Day starts at 10.  I’ll have to finish the 5K, change my shirt (so I don’t get colorful dust all over my car) and high tail it to the second race, but it’ll be fun!  Right?  Right?! 

I’m just glad I didn’t sign up for the May Day 15K!

Training Plan: Muddy Monk Double Down 20K

Oh look another running post.  Hey, I’ve written three other posts since my last running post!  Anyway, one of the Muddy Monk races that really sold me was their Double Down 10K/ 20K.  You register for the race and decide that day, while you’re running, whether you want to make it a 10K or a 20K race.  I thought this was just such a cool idea!  (What can I say, I’m easily amused…)

The course is a 10K loop, and once you finish the 10K you can say, “Hey, it’s cool, I’m done now, please give me my awesome finisher’s swag.”  and be done, or you can say, “Hey, that was fun; let’s do it again!” and go for the 20K glory.

I pretty much quit distance running (and by distance running I mean running futher than 3 miles at once) after the marathon  Anything that required a training plan was out of the question.  But if I’m being perfectly honest here, the half marathon is probably my favorite distance.  It’s challenging, but it’s not overwhelming.  The training for it is reasonable (read: I don’t have to spend 5 hours running on a Saturday morning.)  A 20K is basically a half marathon so my goal is to train for and finish the 20K in April.

Muddy Monk Double Down training plan

That’s my training plan up there.  It’s adapted from the Hal Higdon Novice 2 Half Marathon plan.  In the past my training plans have always included cross training, but it was a rarity that the cross training ever actually happened.  However, I’ve established a really strong, consistent strength training routine since July, and I’ve been doing really well diversifying my workouts over the last month and a half or so.  My hope is that this will carry over, and I’ll actually stick with the plan in terms of cross training.  And while I planned 3 runs days each week, I think I could pretty easily get away with 2 a week as long as I’m still getting in strength training and cardio cross training. 

Oh and here’s the link to my training plan in Google Drive.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...