There’s a bit of a debate going on in my house at the moment. Joe and I are both signed up for Loch Ness Marathon and we are both training differently.
Joes downloaded a very intense training plan from Garmin, which, in my opinion, is suitable only for those who have ran a minimum of 50 marathons already. Week 2 has him running for 2hours. He hasn’t ran a marathon before – or for that length of time before. He’s forcing himself to stick to it and he seems to be enjoying it. So far anyway.
Me? Well, I don’t really have a plan per say. I’ve been given something for a week but I didn’t follow it properly. I was meant to do a hard 5km then the day after a long run but I did it the wrong way round. Maybe next week I will get it right after my race on Wednesday.
Usually I’m all for a plan but I think, because his is just so intense (and by intense I actually mean ridiculous) I’m not fussed for one. Tonight I went out for a run and he fired off a set of questions in quick succession –
- Where are you going
- How far are you going
- How long are you running for
- What are you doing
I was going for a run. The only things I knew were the first song I was going to listen to and that I would need my jacket as it was raining. That’s it. I hadn’t thought about anything else. I had no aim. I just wanted to go for a run. Sure when I got out there I did a couple of sprint sections because the song was good and I really felt like going fast – that was until I remembered I really don’t like sprinting so 2 was enough. The vein was still popping out my head by the time I returned home. Not attractive.
So who’s right? The man with the plan or the hippy who just wants to enjoy running? I guess we will find out on the day but until then, the debate goes on.