Hi, my name is Jason. Im 40 & I love to run. Ive never won a race! In fact I’m pretty sure I’ve never even podium’d. I have however finished every race, fun run, stupid idea run I’ve ever attempted. I’ve dabbled in triathlon and had similar stats there. never the worst but also never the best. Im like upper middle class I would say. Im better than many but not good enough to be noticed. This is my how to guide on running an Ultra Marathon
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Not many people know about the 3 day a week Run Training Plan. In fact I only stumbled upon it in the last year or so. The majority of training plans will recommend you run upwards of 4 or 5 days a week but some peoples bodies ( like mine ) initially just couldn’t handle it. In fact even at present where I’m running 30 miles a week I still try and get those miles accomplished in only 3 runs.
The Why & How?
One of my biggest issues was always struggling to recover from my running. Even on short run days ( 3 miles ) I would wake up the next morning with sore feet, tight hammies and aching calf muscles.
It was only when I started adding 1-2 strength sessions ( particularly calves ) a week that the next days recovery seemed a little easier. Click Here. to see what workouts helped me relieve pain and muscle soreness.
Here is a look at my basic 3 day a week running plan.
Whilst this plan focusses on Tuesday, Thursday & a weekend run it could easily be done on different days. For example your long run could be on a Friday, then your other 2 shorter runs could be Monday & Wednesday. The schedule is very flexible and you can work it any way you please.
The important part of this plan like most plans is Rest Days. Initially rest days are when you take the day off completely. They could be synchronized with visits to a massage therapist, visits to your local cryo facility or chiropractor. they are just that, days off. Just get the 3 runs in and start seeing how your body is feeling on these days.
Once you’re comfortable with the 3 run days in the week you can start looking to add in some cross training. Cross training is a great way to add to your endurance without risking adding more running to your schedule. I personally like to get on my Mountain Bike or even an indoor spin bike. These are great ways to increase your fitness without risking injury. There are a million other types of cross training you could do. From swimming, to surfing, rock climbing, triathlon etc etc.
I personally detest weight lifting. Standing in the gym for an hour lifting weights is like watching paint dry or grass grow. There are tons and tons of great strength training routines you can do that wont seem like “weight lifting” even though its a big part of it.
It wasn’t until I came to the realization that at 40 years old I was going to have to do strength work if I wanted to carry on running. You see the issue is this. Running doesn’t actually make you any stronger. In fact running breaks down muscle rather than building it up. Have you even seen a bulky professional runner? Nope, they’re small and skinny. Yes running can be used to burn fat BUT it cant be used to build strength. The Strength work is done in the gym so that the muscles don’t break down & result in injuries.
If you’ve been running for a while now OR you’re new to the sport & you regularly pick up injuries or niggles perhaps its time for you to start looking into the 3 day a week running plan. Ive been using it with huge success now for going on 2 years. I am running close to 30 miles a week using this plan. The key to success though hasn’t been the running. Its been the cross training & strength work. You’ve got to figure out how you can try fit in a workout into as many days in the week as possible. I know life can be tough sometimes but carving out just 30 minutes a day for a workout will make the world of difference for you. Because you know, you really are worth. ( like that cheesy Revlon commercial )
It doesn’t matter whether you’re training for a 5K or a 50K you can use the 3 day a week run Training Plan to not only accomplish your goals but you can crush them. No I don’t think you could win any races on this plan BUT if your end goal is fitness, weight loss or the off PR I know for a fact it can be done.
I wish you the best of luck with all your endeavors & would love your feedback on this article. I’d also like to hear from you what your goals are. please comment & list them below in the comments. Keep running.
Sometimes you have to make your local parks a little more fun. Thanks to Strava you can turn any boring old friendly local city park trail into the Indianapolis Speedway or Monaco GP circuit. Yip you guessed it the Frisco Running Club Time Trials are back. In the June 2017 edition we are visiting the quiet little city of McKinney Texas. Just next to ever expanding Frisco.
What Frisco Running Club is trying to achieve is to bring all forms of runners from social runners, competitive runners & even triathletes into one circle where they can all have some fun and see who can push themselves to the limits. Their race system is even age graded to the old timers can compete against the young bucks which kinda works like a handicap system.
To View the Age Grade Calculator & get your Age Grade Ranking Click here.
Here is the video explaining to you the full route. please watch so you don’t get lost or start your GPS in the wrong place.
Here are the details of my run & 1st attempt at the distance. Please note you have till June 20th to complete the route. Runners who come in after the 20th will not be eligible for prizes.
Here is the current leaderboard. Check back often for updates as this list will update as more people attempt it.
To see more information on other North Texas Trails check out this link.
Watch a video on the how to do a fitness test at your local track & head back monthly to track your fitness.
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Saturday June 10th 2017 we were invited along with some friends to go down to Las Colinas and have a little “Stay-Cation” with the Four Seasons Resort & Golf Club for the night. They were showing their house they’re selling & needed to get out of the house for the weekend. We decided to tag along. Continue reading “Campion Trail – Las Colinas”
To learn more about this fitness test please watch the video below for full details. Continue reading “Phase 1 Fitness Test”
Hey Folks! On 5/27 I went R2R2R(ish) for the first time. I figured I would share my story and then some tips for future go-getters… I apologize for the length and hope you find it helpful! Continue reading “The Grand Canyon R2R2R. The experience by Ashley Carney, Nashville TN.”