This little chart is the main event after my “teaser” entry posted over a week ago. But first the back story….
For the 2009 Vancouver International Marathon, the early bird deadline rolled around in mid-December. In the interest of saving money ($85 vs. $100 or $125) and forcing myself to commit to a rigorous training schedule during the dark winter months, I took the plunge. I polled my FB and got an overwhelming response – by my standards of being practically a dormant member – and encouragement to sign up. I was pleased that Murnie also signed up as early as I did as we live close together and get together for mid-week runs.
Last year, I combed through paper planners and my Google Calendar to gather my running stats for three years of marathon training and with such a system set up, it was easy to continue logging my progress offline; for between Runner’s World or Running Room’s interface and my own Excel spreadsheet, who ultimately has more graphing options??
Recently, I posted a <a href=”http://wynlok.com/?p=431″>chart that compares my training cycles in terms of mileage</a>. I can visually track how I am doing towards my goal and that as I’m getting older, I’m getting “better”. (Haha.)
I am most delighted to be able to present the “chart” that contains the data that corresponds to the 2009 datapoints on the last blog entry’s graph, or what I call my “Frequency of Training” visualization.
It is tremendously important to me that not only do I make the miles and intensity of runs I set out to do, but that I also maintain a high-frequency of training days. You see, aside from making me feel like a real runner, each training day keeps me on the straight-and-narrow path of better lifestyle choices.
My goal is to run at least four times a week: a distance-training run that is looooooong (did 30K last Sunday); an intense workout (last week, I ran up and down the same blessed hill 7 times); a moderately long non-stop run at a good race-like clip; one super-short run (6K) to keep my legs moving.
Four runs a week unfortunately makes more dark black holes in my chart than is aesthetically pleasing but I concentrate on the encouraging trends:
* I have not missed a Wednesday run since the beginning. The difficulty I encounted in the past in churning out a run on Wednesday after a long day at work turns out to be more mental than physical.
* In 9 weeks of training, I’ve had 4 4-run weeks, 3 3-run weeks, and just one 2-run weeks. I can recall how difficult it was to run well when I only ran twice that week.
* Short of not being in town, I haven’t clung to many excuses to not get out and run on Saturdays – I tumble out of bed and get out the door before indulging myself in food and coming online. NPY wakes up so late I can get a run in, clean up, and meet him with time to spare.
* My routine seems to be on a roll (finally) and Thursday night runs are becoming reliable as well!
Now, it seems I’m due for a new pair of shoes (to replace the blue ones) and I do wonder if I will subconsciously avoid replacing them with blue or yellow shoes….