* Mileage Increase - My new running partner is signed up for the Goofy Challenge @ Disney in January which entails running a 10K, Half Marathon and a Full Marathon over a 3 day weekend. Personally I think she's nuts to take this on in her current condition ... but I'm also jealous and would probably do it if I had the opportunity. As such, she is training to increase her mileage by the end of the year, albeit at a slow pace. I have agreed to train with her!
So far we have run up to 13 miles. By the weekend before her race we will build up to 20 miles. Me .... 20 miles??? I'm ready to take on this challenge. I feel confident that I am in strong enough condition to keep on increasing my mileage at that rate, especially at a slower pace. In November we plan to run one 12 miler, two 14 milers, and one 16 miler!
I will use these runs to test my mental endurance, to test different fuel methods, to learn more about recovery. It should be a great learning experience.
This could get interesting as they are calling for the snowiest winter in over 50 years. I may have to invest in some Yak Trax.
Anyone try these things or similar product?
Some other things I plan to incorporate in November:
* Swimming - I plan to swim once a week for 45-60 minutes. Right now I do 3-4 laps, stop, catch my breathe, adjust goggles, then continue. I want to increase the number of laps in between. I have NO plans to compete in swimming, but I do think it's great for cross training
* Basic Exercises - Minimum 10 push-ups and 50 sit-ups per day ... every day. While I feel this is very minimal and it makes me sad that it is my goal, it's WAY more than I have been doing so this alone would be huge progress.
* Hill/Interval training - At least once per week.
* Tempo runs - It's fun to be social and I enjoy that, but if I'm slowing down my LSD runs substantially then I want to keep up my pace on a few shorter runs. At least once a week I want to run 5-6 miles at about an 8:30 pace (9:00 if on trails).
If time/opportunity presents itself I'd also love to do another hike up Grouse Grind, some cycling, and a few more night time runs - those were fun!
So, that's my November plans.