My weekly mileage has plummeted like JFK Jr. these past few weeks, nosediving from 21, to 10, and finally to only three miles last week. Meanwhile, the beer intervals have picked up steadily with the arrival of Christmas Ale and Black Chocolate Stout. The only marathon on my mind has been of watching consecutive episodes of Three Sheets.
This morning's slugometer reading showed the result of all my not running with a higher numeral in the tens place. It's just winter weight, I know, but my first thought was I must run today.
Therefore, I unveil the Viper's Winter Cool Down Running Plan. The 1,000-mile goal remains, but it may be more difficult now because of my recent slacking.
My attempt to stick with three days and 21 miles per week has failed. I just don't have the desire to run double-digit miles right now. But still, if I am to reach my goal, I must run 174 miles before January 1, 2009. That's 87 miles per month. That's 23.2 miles per week. That's 3.3 miles per day.
The distance is not so daunting when it's broken down into daily miles. This reality recalls the streaking idea I had last month. Although I'm not sure I'm willing to run every day, consecutive days -- and certainly more than three days per week -- will be necessary.
So here goes The Plan:
- Monday: 3 miles
- Tuesday: 4 miles fast (track or fartlek)
- Wednesday: 3 miles
- Thursday: 4-6 miles tempo
- Friday: Happy Hour!
- Saturday: 3 miles
- Sunday: 4-10 miles LSD