For the Oak Tree Half, I found my training plan by checking out two years worth of Runner's World Magazine from the school library. Then I went through each issue cover to cover in the span of two days. Luckily for me, I found a perfect six week plan with a day of intervals, a day of tempo, and a day of long run. And I followed that plan like the world was going to end if I didn't.
|Sort of like this, but less hardcore. Since the training was during the summer. And also at the beach.|
|Elevation profile of my run at the beach. It changes maybe about 40ft at most.|
|Elevation profile of my runs now. It changes around 300ft.|
This also is probably why I had such a hard time at Oak Tree Half. I went from sea level flat training runs to higher altitude hilly course.
My point is that I don't know what to do about a training plan. It would be nice to have one, but at the same time, I am afraid of not being able to hit my paces. These are the times when I wish I had a coach telling me what to do.
|Exactly my problem.|
How do you guys find a training plan? How do you keep yourself from being intimidated by the specific paces that you hope to hit?