Dashing Whippets Training Plan, September 28 – October 4, 2015

This weekly message keeps active members informed of the Dashing Whippets training activities for the next seven days.

Huge kudos to everyone who raced at the Bronx Ten Miler for their very strong showing!

NYC Marathoners can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. We have a few more weeks of good hard training at or around marathon pace, to build your running economy at that speed. But the taper will be here before you know it.

For those who are targeting races between the 5K and half marathon distances, this is the last week of a Dashing Whippets training plan for non-marathoners, culminating in this weekend’s Grete’s Gallop Half Marathon. We wish you good luck and great conditions for the race.

Looking ahead, we’ll have a brief easier period for non-marathoners after this week, but then we will kick off a training plan for the Ted Corbitt 15K in mid-December. Whether your goal race is 5K, 26 miles, or something in between, there will be lots of opportunities to train with like-minded runners. Come out and join us!

Dashing Whippets Training Plan for the Week

This is week 14 of an NYC Marathon training program, and the final week of a late summer short race training plan 5K-half marathoners.

Please click on the links below to RSVP if you are planning to come out to one of these training events!

Note: Almost all training paces, such as 5K, 10K, half marathon, should be your estimated pace if you ran the race today — not your goal or PR pace. (Exception: Marathon pace is your goal pace or best guess of your well-trained marathon speed.) You can use the Daniels VDOT calculator to estimate your pace from a recent result.

Monday 9/28: Easy day

Tuesday 9/29: Long speedwork day: Warm up 1.5-2 miles. Then…

Wednesday 9/30: Recovery day

Thursday, 10/01: Short speedwork day: 20-minute warmup, including jogging/drills/strides, then…

Friday 10/02: Very easy day

  • Optionally, advanced marathoners may do 50-55 minutes of easy running followed by 5 repeats of 100m strides
  • Everyone else should rest

Saturday and Sunday, 10/03-04:

  • If you are racing Grete’s Gallop, rest or do a few easy miles on Saturday, and have a great race on Sunday!
  • If you are not racing Grete’s Gallop: One one day, do 40-60 minutes easy. On the other day, do a long run…
    • Fall marathoners: 11-13 miles at marathon pace (but start and end a little slower)
    • Everyone else: 60-90 minutes of running at 45-60 seconds/mile slower than marathon pace

Training Calendars

More about Matt

Matt co-founder of the Dashing Whippets with Rich since May 2009. Matt has been running since joining his high school cross country team his sophomore year. Since being with the team, Matt has completed 3 marathons with a 2:57:24 PR at the 2013 Boston Marathon and many other races, including a 4:48 mile at the 2015 Fifth Avenue Mile and a 1:18:53 half marathon in the 2014 NYC Half Marathon. Matt lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters. Read more at Board of Directors

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