I’m currently bang in the middle of two weeks work free while I’m between jobs. I had grand plans to do some runs in different locations or even put in some decent length hikes, but the broken toe put paid to those plans – for the first week anyway!
So I’m trying to make sure I don’t waste all of my time and wrote a ridiculously long list of things I wanted to achieve across the two weeks. Within that list was to find a training plan so that I can try and make sure I’m ready for the Nosh Footrace this year. Both times I’ve run this I’ve ended up with horrible cramps in my achilles and really struggling – but this is my year! Using trusty old google search, I quickly discovered that there weren’t too many free pre-written training plans for a 16km (or 10 mile) event. The 5km, 10km, 1/2 marathon and marathon are extremely well catered for, not so much the less “standard” distances. After scanning over a few of them – one had me running only 3 times a week, one running every day and the length of plans ranging from 8 weeks to 16 weeks I opened up the Nike 10 mile training plan to take a bit more of a look.
Gotta say, it looks pretty intense! Taking a closer look it breaks down into 3 “workout runs” each week and 4 “recovery” days which can be either shorter run or no-run days. This could actually work pretty well. I’m going to have to review it all and make some changes based on the fact that I’ll be doing a trail run and I’m pretty sure this is written for a road race, but I think it’s a good starting point. It’s also a 14 week plan, which I thought was probably a good idea – a longer plan probably eases into it a bit better for me. So I checked my calendar to see how far off the Nosh is – it will be exactly 14 weeks from this Sunday! Couldn’t have planned that better if I tried – coincidence?