After graduating, I had loads of time for myself. When I wasn't writing, I didn't know what to do with the extra time I had, so I thought, what the heck? Why don't I try? I had a running buddy who was very much into the longer distances anyway, so I was pretty confident that I could do it (till I found out there are really what they call 'endurance monsters' out there).
I started by making a running program for myself. I was like a crazy chef, taking Googled ingredients from here and there. Got hold of the basics first: Intervals, Tempo runs, Easy runs, and of course, the
While I was working my way up to doing 3-hour long runs (that was around 4 months into my 5-month long program), I burned out. I was like, "I'm not made for long distance running." I don't know how my running buddy did Camsur in 5 hours, because I felt that it would be impossible for me to even finish that full 42K stretch. Because I didn't have the confidence to join the Quezon City International Marathon's 42K, I settled for half that distance, the 21K. Sadly, I trained for that event, only to be let down by my work, which kept me hanging about in Pasay until 2am for consecutive days prior to the race. I was in no condition to compete, so I just settled for the Grand Fiesta Run's 10K.
This year, I'm not sure if I'll just concentrate on the 5K and 10K distances, which are easier for me to stomach given my busy work sched and the fact that I'm still not used to long-distance running. I usually run really early in the morning. I'm putting my makeshift plan below (not that I always follow it, but at least I kinda have to stick to it since I made it). I excluded a month's worth of running since I already finished those to prepare for the Edsa Run this week.
All this is time-based since I don't have time to go to a track and measure the distances I run. I'll be crossing out/adjusting the workouts as I go along, depending on how I do, and my mood.
Got the races from takbo.ph.
|1||Feb 21: Rest||Tempo: 10-10-5||45 min easy||4min x 5||45 min easy||Rest||5K Race: Edsa Run|
|2||Feb 28: ||55 min. general aerobic run||5min x 5||45 min easy||Rest||Long Run: 1 hr 45 min|
|3||Mar 7: ||Tempo: ||3min hills x 7||45 min easy||Rest||Long Run: 2 hrs|
|4||Mar 14: Rest||Tempo: 15-15-15||45 min easy||6min x 4||30 min easy||"5K Race? Try Athena Run: March 19, 2011, Sat|
SM MOA Grounds (Register at Planet Sports, Trinoma)"
|45 min easy|
|5||Feb 28: Rest||Tempo: 15-10-10||45 min easy||5min x 5||45 min easy||Rest||Long Run: 2 hrs 10 min|
|6||Mar 21: Rest||2min x 12||45 min easy||40 min. Fartlek||1 hr. easy||Rest||Tempo: 20-15-15|
|7||Mar 28: Rest||5 (hard)-5 (slower tempo)-10 (normal tempo)-5(slower)-5(hard)||30 min easy||4min x 5||30 min easy||Rest||"10K Race: April 3, AACE'S The G.O.O.D Run|
Bonifacio Global City (Register at Planet Sports, Trinoma)"