How cliche’, posting on January 1st.
Yes, I am starting a new training program. Not because it’s the first of the year, but because the race I am training for (Run the West half-marathon) is April 23rd, and that puts my 16 week training schedule starting the 3rd. I am beyond ready to get back into it. If I were to make excuses (which I might be doing), I would express dismay in my small mouth issues that grew into a debilitating issue for my training. But, I am over it now. Fully healed (knock on wood). I have had several failed training attempts over the many months. This bothers me about myself. But I need to put that behind me and move on to the next phase: my “return” (drama intended). I am read to run, literally.
I am returning from the dark side. I think I have mentioned a few times that I have added a little meat back in here and there for different reasons. Well, personally I regret it. I found zero positives from doing it. It made me feel gross, and it just didn’t do what I hoped it would. So I am back to plant powered. I will continue occasional fish (don’t like it that much, so I won’t overdo it), and occasional grass-fed beef until we run out of what we foolishly bought a year ago (not much left, and I just cannot bring myself to throw it out), but otherwise I will be 100% vegetarian/pescatarian.
I have selected a 16 week training program developed by Garmin. It is a 6-7 workout per week program: 3-4 runs (alternating between z2, interval, interval z2, and pace runs), and 3 strength (from Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Fitness program). This is a long program for a half-marathon, but it will hopefully do several things for me.
- Slowly develop my aerobic base
- Prevent injury
- Prevent muscle loss
- Prepare me for longer races throughout the year
- Get me back to a good race weight (180ish lbs).
After running this race, I will immediately work toward 1-2 sprint triathlons, at least on Olympic tri, then perhaps a full marathon by the end of the year. This is all TBD.
Nutritionally I will focus mainly on plants, limited grains and sugars. Back to basics, nothing crazy. Real food. I will not focus on fat adaptation for a race of this distance.
It’s good to be back.