Friday, September 5, 2014

Dopey Challenge Training

Monday marks the official start of my Dopey Challenge training schedule! After a lot of research, I decided to go back where I began. For my very first marathon I used my own modified version of the Marathon Rookie training schedule, and so that is what I am doing again.

Marathon Rookie is great because it is 16 weeks long, calls for 4 training runs per week, and has a fantastic gradual increase in weekly mileage. When I was researching I noticed that a lot of plans, such as the Hal Higdon and Jeff Galloway Dopey training, either called for running 5 times per week or jumped around in long run mileage every other week. I am uncomfortable with both of those – I don’t see why it is necessary to run 5 times a week; it just increases risk of injury in my opinion. As for jumping up and down in mileage for long runs, I don’t see the point as mileage should really only increase by about 10% each week.

After looking at the Marathon Rookie training plan again, I made a few modifications to tailor it more towards getting ready to run 48.6 miles over the span of four days. First of all, I added two weeks to allow for extra time, made sure I noted any races I had so I can make sure to get all my miles in each week, and finally added in simulation weeks that will help prepare me for running four days in a row.

At the moment easy runs are scheduled for Tuesdays and Wednesdays, long runs on Fridays, and speed work (when I feel ready for it) on Sundays. Rest days on Saturday are strictly rest – only foam rolling and stretching allowed. Mondays and Thursdays can be used for strength training and yoga.

My Schedule:

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I am so excited to get started!!! Dopey Challenge, here I come!

QOTD: Have you ever had to modify a training schedule or create your own?

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  1. I made my own training plan for my marathon and I think it is working out better than any other training plan could. Your plan looks awesome and I can't wait to read about your Dopey journey!

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    1. Absolutely! Everyone is different and needs a plan that is right for them!

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  2. I've messed together plans in the past since I didn't think one plan worked exactly for me. I took aspects that I liked and knew I could do and build kind of a custom plan for me.

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    1. Exactly! I like being able to customize a plan that makes me feel the most comfortable and prepared.

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  3. Your plan looks great! I never understood the long runs drastically jumping up and down in mileage either.

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    1. Thanks Kim! Yeah, it may work for some, but definitely not for me.

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  4. I love an organized running calendar plan :)
    I don't get all the running or increases that escalate quickly (in my best Anchorman voice)
    I like 3-4 day runs in training... too much is hard on my body.
    Good luck on this training!!!

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    1. You and me both Rebecca! Thanks so much!

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  5. It looks like you are approaching your training in a really smart way. I noticed that most of the half marathon plans also want you to run 4x a week and I like to do 3 to avoid injury and cross train. Looking forward to reading about your training. Have fun!

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    1. Agreed. I think 3-4 runs per week is optimal to allow for cross-training and good rest days. Thanks Deborah!

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  6. So exciting! Your plan looks awesome. If I ever decide to do Dopey, I might have to steal it :-P

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    1. Thanks Nicole! Feel free to steal and customize to your heart's content :0)

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  7. Wow! Great planning, you look like you're all set! I'm always nervous to create my own plans, so I usually follow one that's already made.

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    1. Thanks Lauren! I totally understand that. When I was training for my first half, I used an already created plan. Now I feel like I have more training knowledge and know myself well enough as a runner to customize a bit more!

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  8. This looks like a really solid plan that is well balanced and will minimize over training! I worked with my PT who is an endurance athlete (3 time Iron Man) and running coach and we created a plan just for me, it was really awesome and worked perfect for me! Good luck, can't wait to follow you and your training!

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    1. Thanks Sara! :0) That is awesome that your PT put together your very own training plan!

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  9. Looks like a great plan - especially for a runner who is easing back into running. To run those races in 4 days - what a hard challenge! Have fun training!

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  10. I think that looks like a really reasonable approach, especially coming off of an injury. Isn't planning a new training cycle exciting? Is Robert doing the same plan (or did I imagine he was doing Dopey too?)?

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    1. Thanks Jess! I agree, it is very exciting! Robert has actually been following the 29 week Jeff Galloway training plan and he says it has been working for him!

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  11. Looks good! You are right - everyone needs to do what is best for their schedule and bodies. I used to be a 3-4 day a week running, but once I decided I wanted to get faster, I really needed to add in that 5th day. I was scared I'd get hurt, but by making sure I took my easy runs easy (like 1-2 minutes slower than my normal pace), I haven't gotten hurt yet and I've gotten a lot faster. It's important to do what is right for you! Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Sarah, that is awesome to hear! Everyone is different for sure. I am glad adding that extra running day has helped you!

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  12. Good luck with your training! I'm looking forward to see how awesome you do with it :)

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  13. I've never followed a set training plan before, but my dad used to train me so now I just kind of do my version of what he used to have me do, although I really do need to go more into exactly what he used to give me, I had much better times in those days:)
    Looks like you've got a great plan ahead, lot of fun running and what an incredibly fun race to train for!!!

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    1. Thanks Kristy! That is really cool that your dad has trained you for races in the past!

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  14. Looks like you put a lot of time and effort into that plan! Since you're coming of an injury it's so good that you made a plan that caters to your personal needs.

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    1. Quite a bit of time and effort indeed! Definitely will be worth it though... I feel very comfortable with my plan!

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  15. Looks like an awesome schedule. I did the same thing - took multiple training plans and modified them for my own ability/schedule. Happy training!

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  16. I'm following Galloways plan for Goofy and I'm not sure how I feel about the mileage jumping either ... lol good luck!!!

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    1. That is what my husband is doing. He says he enjoys it and it seems to work for a lot of people so that is great!

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  17. Hi Lauren - your schedule looks amazing! I think that's the best bet - to modify the different training plans to fit your own needs. When I marathon trained last year, I did the same since I didn't find one that fit best for me 100 percent.

    I had to modify my marathon training plan last year due to some minor injuries/setbacks, but in the end it worked out even though I didn't follow any plan to a "T" and I still finished the race without serious injuries and still got to enjoy other aspects of my life as well. Training is tough but it looks like you have it under control. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Danielle! Training is definitely tough but as long as it gets you through safe and strong, then I say it is definitely a success! :0)

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  18. I'm with you - running 5 days a week is too much, especially after coming off an injury! Great training plans - you're going to have Dopey in the bag! :)

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  19. Great goal! stay injury free. I like your style!

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  20. I love how you put a training program on paper. sometime it helps to motivate you when you have it written down as opposed to the computer.

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