8.24.2009

Unemployment: Day Fourteen--bloody Sunday

I wanted to answer Biscuitman's two questions on my training calendar.

First, The two consecutive rest days are forced. See, I like starting the week with a Tempo run--which means I need to have at least one rest day between the weekend and the Tempo run (I also don't like running on Mondays). Then, since I alternate long runs between Saturday and Sunday based on life happenings, I need one of the rest days to be on the weekend. This means the calendar looks like I have two consecutive rest days, even though that doesn't always happen.

But now it looks like I'll be changing that. This past week I decided to swap the Tempo and the Easy runs since I was having difficultly doing Tempo runs as the first runs of the week--probably due to the slower long run pace I'm using for this training. It worked out really well since the Easy run let me transistion back to the shorter distance. If I make this change permanently I can start running on Mondays, push back the Wednesday run to Tuesday, and have Wednesday as my oasis rest day int he middle of the week.

Second, the Yassos the week of the Marathon are a bit odd (I definitely thought twice about it). The only rationale I have is that I was carrying through the pattern of Thursday workouts--but a last week speed session has never hurt me before.

Today I have an interview for some freelance work in the afternoon. The project is for about a month and there is a possibility the position could go permanent--but I take that with a grain of salt. I haven't heard back from the interview from last week, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

6 comments:

Jess said...

Good luck with the interview!

Biscuitman said...

Thanks for answering my questions. It all makes sense now and I think you will really appreciate that second recovery day a bit more now.

If you still want to do a bit of "speed" in that last week, consider substituting a workout that includes 2 miles @ marathon pace. By the last week of your taper, you should be jumping out of your skin so this workout will feel easy and give your body a reminder of what pace you should be running on race day.

If you do go with the Yassos, you might want to move them to Wednesday on that last week. This will have the effect of lowering your glycogen stores slightly before you start your 3 full days of carbo loading. You should therefore get the benefit of some overcompensating by your body. Thursday is possibly too close to the race.

Biscuitman said...

Oh - I forgot - good luck with the interview!

Irish Cream said...

Good luck with the interview! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!

Adam said...

Hopefully the interview today went well. Freelance / consulting type work is always good. If anything, it will keep you fresh until something else pops up.

Your schedule looks awesome. I am still planning on posting mine - I need to get some good screenshots together.

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