Friday, August 8, 2008

0 BTHR Program, Take Three


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OK, as I mentioned earlier, I need to get up to the 12 mile distance a lot faster than over a 30-week time period, & so, considering that new requirement, here's my third go at revamping the BTHR plan:

Becoming A Better 1-Hour Runner (BBOHR)
Wk 1: Run 30 min, 45 min, 60 min. Weekly total: 135 min.
Wk 2: Run 30 min, 48 min, 60 min. Weekly total: 138 min.
Wk 3: Run 30 min, 50 min, 60 min. Weekly total: 140 min.
Wk 4: Run 30 min, 55 min, 60 min. Weekly total: 145 min.
Wk 5: Run 30 min, 60 min, 60 min.
Weekly total: 150 min.

Becoming a 1.5 Hour Runner (BOHHR)
Wk 1: Run 30 min, 60 min, 63 min. Weekly total: 153 min.
Wk 2: Run 30 min, 60 min, 66 min. Weekly total: 156 min.
Wk 3: Run 30 min, 60 min, 70 min. Weekly total: 160 min.
Wk 4: Run 30 min, 60 min, 74 min. Weekly total: 164 min.
Wk 5: Run 30 min, 60 min, 78 min. Weekly total: 168 min.
Wk 7: Run 30 min, 60 min, 82 min. Weekly total: 172 min.
Wk 8: Run 30 min, 60 min, 85 min. Weekly total: 175 min.
Wk 9:
Run 30 min, 60 min, 88 min. Weekly total: 178 min.
Wk 10: Run 30 min, 60 min, 90 min. Weekly total: 180 min.

Becoming a 2-Hour Runner (BTHR)
Wk 1: Run 30 min, 60 min, 93 min. Weekly total: 183 min.
Wk 2: Run 30 min, 60 min, 95 min. Weekly total: 185 min.
Wk 3: Run 30 min, 60 min, 98 min. Weekly total: 188 min.
Wk 4: Run 30 min, 60 min, 100 min. Weekly total: 190 min.
Wk 5: Run 30 min, 60 min, 103 min.Weekly total: 193 min.
Wk 6: Run 30 min, 60 min, 107 min. Weekly total: 197 min.
Wk 7: Run 30 min, 60 min, 110 min. Weekly total: 200 min.

Wk 8: Run 30 min, 60 min, 114 min. Weekly total: 204 min.
Wk 9: Run 30 min, 60 min, 117 min. Weekly total: 207 min.
Wk 10: Run 30 min, 60 min, 120 min. Weekly total: 210 min.

So, 3 programs in 25 weeks total is a slightly better time frame, & still adheres to the 10% (weekly mileage increase) rule. I'm still hesitant to use the program for the next 3-month training period, because while it will definitely build stamina in terms of the overall distance covered on a weekly basis, I don't think it addresses speed or strength. Towards that end, I still think that whatever training plan I take on next needs to incorporate fartleks, tempo runs, & hill workouts. Or else, I won't be adequately prepared to run the best race that I can.

Just merely covering the distance isn't enough for me. I want to run the distance & run it well!

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