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I am fairly new to the forum (although i do remember posting here a few months ago). But anyways i am starting a new job in about 3 weeks where i will be working 12 hour shifts (4 on 4 off - 6am to 6pm). This leaves me with a bit of dilemma as i have been used to a good weekly structure training wise (club sessions on tues and thurs, a tempo run on sat and a long run on sun) but once i start the job i will most likely have to change it.
I am a fairly competitve runner. I am 19 years old, i normally race 5-10ks, my PB in the 10K is 34:06 which i ran on Sunday at Bristol and have put together around 2-3 months of consistent 60+ mile weeks.
I have been giving it a lot of thought and i was thinking of doing an 8 day cycle where i spend the 4 days i work running easy mileage with 1 speed session and then use my 4 days off to get in some tempo runs/race pace intervals and a long run, but by doing that, this means i will more than likely have to train on my own which doesn't sound promising in my opinion. i enjoy running with my club as there are some top 10K runners there (around 31-33 minutes) who have helped me a lot over the last year or so.
Has anyone on the forum been in a similar position or are currently in the same boat? how would you organise your training while working shifts? ideally i would like to still train with my club without cramming so much quality into a few days.