Hi all, I'm due to take part in the Cambridge Half Marathon on the 3rd of March (which gives me 9 weeks to train if my maths are correct!). I'm currently running around 16 miles a week so need to up my mileage considerably.
I love taking part in park run on a Saturday & use this as my tempo session for the week (with a half mile warm up/cool down at easy pace either side), I then follow this up with my 'Long Run' on a Sunday, which is currently only 5-6 miles (this will increase to a peak of 12 miles over the coming weeks). Sounds so good so far? Hopefully!
. However,to throw a spanner in the works just before Xmas I joined the local running club & they annoyingly meet on a Monday night & do the usual running club speed work (200's, 400's 800's etc).
I love all 3 of these 'sessions' and don't want to drop any of them. I've toyed with the idea of placing my long run halfway through the week, however as my mileage increases, due to time constraints, I can't see this being possible. My forth running day is simply an easy run & I plan to add a 5th easy running day into my programme over the next few weeks.
My question is does anybody on here have a similar schedule where they have 3 sessions on consecutive days? I know that in an ideal world this wouldn't be the case, but is doing so a recipe for disaster or is it manageable?
I dearly love park run & the social aspect it brings & really don't want to drop it to do a tempo session on another day, time constraints dictate my long run has to be on a Sunday, and my club are just a pain in the bum and hold their session on the wrong day!!
In addition, I wonder if people could give me some advice on pacing.
5k PB- 21:29
10k PB- 47: 18
Easy Running Pace: 10:30-11 m/mile
Tempo Pace- 7:42 m/mile
I'm concerned my tempo & easy pace are too far apart. I'm just wondering what people's thoughts are?
I run my easy pace based on heart rate & try to stay at around 150bpm.
My current tempo pace is dictated by Jack Daniels VDOT tables.
Many thanks in advance!!