Training Update (February / March 2018) & Coaching

My training recently has been a gradual build-up as I increase my running mileage and prepare for spring races. I am planning to do a half-marathon in April and a marathon in May. I am so thankful for the treadmill on days/weeks when we have snowstorms, which seems to be most of the time right now. We had signs of spring last week and I got to wear shorts once, but then the weather quickly changed into more snow. I am also glad to have swimming and strength training to supplement my running. Vermont is a hard place to live for serious, year-round runners! 

Here is what I've done the past few weeks:

2/19/18 - 2/25/18

  • Monday: 5 miles easy (8:32 pace)
  • Tuesday: 60 minute swim (2500 meters), 30 minutes strength
  • Wednesday: 5.7 miles (2 mile warm-up, drills & strides, 5 x 1 minute at 6:07 average pace with 1 minute recovery, 2 mile cool down)
  • Thursday: 4 miles easy on treadmill (8:45 pace), 30 minute swim (1250 meters), 30 minutes strength
  • Friday: 5 miles easy (8:19 pace)
  • Saturday: 8 miles easy (8:24 pace), 30 minutes strength
  • Sunday: Rest day

2/26/18 - 3/4/18

  • Monday: 5 miles easy on treadmill (8:35 pace)
  • Tuesday: 45 minute swim (1850 meters), 30 minutes strength
  • Wednesday: 7.1 miles (2 mile warm-up, drills & strides, 5 x 3 minutes at 6:20 average pace with 2 minutes rest in between, 2 mile cool down)
  • Thursday: 45 minute swim (2000 meters), 30 minutes strength
  • Friday: 4 miles easy (8:18 pace)
  • Saturday: 6 miles on treadmill (2 mile warm-up, drills & strides, 3 mile tempo @ 6:51 average pace, 1 mile cool down)
  • Sunday: 10 miles easy (8:22 pace), 45 minutes strength

3/5/18 – 3/11/18

  • Monday: Rest day
  • Tuesday: 5.8 miles easy (8:31), 30 minutes strength
  • Wednesday: 7.8 miles (2 mile warm-up, drills & strides, 3 x 1 mile at 6:30 average pace with 3 miles rest in between, 2 mile cool down)
  • Thursday: 60 minute swim (2500 meters), 30 minutes strength
  • Friday: 6 miles easy on treadmill (8:40 pace)
  • Saturday: 5 miles easy, 30 minute swim (1200 meters)
  • Sunday: 12 miles with the last 3 miles at marathon pace or faster (7:10 / 7:07 / 6:57), 30 minutes strength

This season I decided to hire a running coach to help me achieve my goals. It is great to receive feedback on my training, and it takes the pressure off when making running decisions. I’ve used many different training plans in the past, but I have never had a one-on-one running coach. My favorite custom training plans are through McMillan Running, and my favorite generic training plan are by Pete Pfitzinger (you can find his books here and here). The last time I had a true coach was almost 10 years ago when I did competitive gymnastics, so it has been awhile!

How do you train? Are you self-coached, do you follow a plan, or does someone coach you? I would love to hear in the comments section!