It is the last month of year, so perhaps a little reflection is in order. This year, I raced at four major distances (5-K, 10-K, half and full marathon) and set PRs for every one of them.
This success is partly the result of my continuing bad-assery. But it is also a result of my bad-ass training, which I, in my continuing bad-assery, devised on the basis of all the bad-ass knowledge I've accrued through my bad-ass running career.
Although I ran 10 races this year (so far), I only had two training plans. The first was to prepare for the Cleveland Half Marathon. The second plan got me ready for the the Kent United Way 10-K (and a make-up attempt to break 50 minutes), the Buckeye Half Marathon, the Akron Marathon and Towpath Marathon.
Granted there have been one or two cockamamie plans for my quest to break 1,000 miles--the current way being four miles a day--but I don't count those because the running involved isn't actually training.
I reviewed the first plan (not to be confused with the FIRST plan) this year and deemed it a success, give or take a few items. The second plan was a direct derivation of the first--only longer. The biggest difference between the two was the addition of consistent track work with Yasso 800s.
The training plan fit my lifestyle well, with three days of running and moderate cross training on the off days. However, the best way to judge the plan is by the race results. My training plan carried me to four PRs, one of which was my 1:49:09 half marathon finish to achieve one of four goals this year.
As for the other three goals, I came within 49 seconds of achieving a sub-50-minute 10-K, I made progress on breaking four hours in the marathon, and if I get my (bad) ass in gear I can reach 1,000 miles for the year.
Overall, my training plan helped me achieve new benchmarks, but came up short of perfect. It needs a few tweaks for next year, but I think the remaining goals are within reach. Grade: B
Mile Tracker 1,000: 108 miles to go.
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All right, teammates, Happy Hour is nearly upon us. Enjoy the weekend. Run well and drink well.