Dashing Whippets Training Plan, November 9 – 15, 2015

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

Note: Our Manhattan Thursday night workout is back at the East River Park track this week, as usual.

Dashing Whippets Training Plan for the Week

This is week 3 of a training program for a mid-December 15K, and a month-long recovery period for recent fall 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 11/09: Easy day

Tuesday 11/10: Long speedwork day: Warm up 1-1.5 miles. Then…

  • Short distance (5K-15K) specialists (with a solid base) and Runners who are building a base(not much recent speedwork): 3-5 repeats of 800m uphill at 10K-15K pace. Jog back to recover after each. Well-trained runners should aim for 5; runners who are new to speedwork should stop at 3. Finish with a 1-1.5-mile cooldown jog.
  • NYC marathoners: Optionally rest — or do 30-45 minutes of easy running — no cooldown required.
  • Manhattan group workout in Central Park at 7pmhttp://www.meetup.com/dashing-whippets/events/226417313/
  • Brooklyn group workout in Prospect Park at 7pmhttp://www.meetup.com/dashing-whippets/events/226552699/

Wednesday 11/11: Recovery day

Thursday, 11/12: Short speedwork day: 20-minute warmup, including jogging/drills/strides, then…

  • Short distance (5K-15K) specialists (with solid base of speedwork) and Runners who are building a base (not much recent speedwork): 6-12 repeats of 400m at 5-10 seconds faster than 5K pace, with a 200m jog recovery. Well-trained runners should aim for 10-12 of these; runners who are new to speedwork should aim for 6-8. Finish with 15 minutes of easy jogging to cool down.
  • NYC marathoners: Optionally rest — or do 40-55 minutes of running at easy pace.
  • Evening Manhattan group workout in East River Park at 7pmhttp://www.meetup.com/dashing-whippets/events/226541668/
  • Evening Brooklyn group workout in Prospect Park at 7pmhttp://www.meetup.com/dashing-whippets/events/226267386/

Friday 11/13: Very easy day

  • Everyone should rest, or do the Monday or Wednesday workout today if you missed it

Saturday and Sunday, 11/14-11/15: On one day, do 40-60 minutes of easy running followed by 4 repeats of 100m strides. On the other day, do a long run…

  • Short distance (5K-15K) specialists (with a solid base): Compete in Sunday’s NYRR Cross Country race, do 1:20-1:40 of running at long run pace.
  • Runners who are building a base: 1:00-1:15 of running at easy or long run pace.
  • NYC marathoners: Take rest day this weekend, and go very short and easy (at most 60 minutes) on the other day.
  • Long run pace is 45-60 seconds per mile slower than marathon pace — a little faster than easy pace, but still not challenging.
  • There are weekly team long runs around the city. To see all options for weekend training runs with the Whippets, please view the calendar: http://www.meetup.com/dashing-whippets/events/

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Matt is one of the co-founders of the Dashing Whippets with Rich.

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