Dashing Whippets Training Plan, February 15 – 21, 2016

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

Dashing Whippets Training Plan for the Week

This week 8 of a training plan for Boston and New Jersey marathoners, and week 7 of training plans for competitors in the NYC Half or Washington Heights 5K.

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 2/15: Easy day

Tuesday 2/16: Long speedwork day: Warm up 1.5-2 miles. Then…

Wednesday 2/17: Recovery day

  • Spring marathoners and half marathoners should run 50-70 minutes easy with 4 x 100m strides, or optionally rest
  • Everyone else should do 25-40 minutes of easy running or aerobic system cross training
  • Morning group run, Central Park: http://www.meetup.com/dashing-whippets/events/227944404/

Thursday, 2/18: Short speedwork day: 20-minute warmup, including jogging/drills/strides, then…

  • Short distance (5K-15K) specialists (with a solid base of speedwork): 3-4 repeats of 1600m at 10K pace, with 2:00 recovery jog after each. Finish with 2-4 repeats of 200m @ mile pace (200m walk-jog recovery). Do a 20-minute cooldown jog.
  • Spring marathoners and NYC Half competitors: 8-12K of Canova Ks. Canova Ks are a continuous run alternating every 1000m between half marathon pace and marathon pace with NO rest between pace changes. Do a 20-minute cooldown jog.
  • Runners who are building a base (not much recent speedwork): Do 6-8K of Canova Ks (described above). Finish with a 15-20-minute cooldown.
  • Alternative for indoor track specialists (who have done speedwork regularly): Do an extra long warmup. Then do 4-6 repeats of 300m at estimated 800m pace, with 300m jog between them. Finish with a 15-20-minute cooldown.
  • Lower Manhattan group workout in East River Park at 7pmhttp://www.meetup.com/dashing-whippets/events/qhczmlyvdbxb/
  • Brooklyn group workout in Prospect Park at 7pmhttp://www.meetup.com/dashing-whippets/events/qqwwglyvdbxb/
  • Upper Manhattan group workout in Riverbank State Park at 7pmhttp://www.meetup.com/dashing-whippets/events/228581355/

Friday 2/19: Very easy day

  • Most runners should rest, or do the Monday or Wednesday workout today if you missed it
  • Optionally, advanced marathoners may run 40 minutes easy, followed by 4 x 100m strides

Saturday and Sunday, 2/20-21: On one day, do 35-55 minutes of easy running followed by 4 repeats of 100m strides. On the other day, do a long run…

  • Boston marathoners and New Jersey marathoners2:15-2:30 at long run pace
  • NYC Half competitors2:00-2:15 at long run pace
  • Short distance specialists (5K-15K) with a solid base1:40-1:50 at long run pace
  • Runners who are building a base: 1:15-1:30 at easy or long run pace
  • 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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