So I’ll just come out and say it: I’ve started training for a 25k trail race. (For those of who don’t think metric, that’s 15.5 miles or so.) I wanted to use this space to share my weekly training with you, but I first wanted to start by sharing a bit about myself in terms of my athletic background, my inspiration, and my training plan
I ran competitively for 10 years, and when I stopped racing, I pretty much thought that I was going to be done forever. To say that I was a headcase would be an understatement. I’m generally a less anxiety-ridden person (extra emphasis on generally and less). I’ve also been able to put racing and training into perspective. When i get into something, I get really into it to the point of total consumption. For 10+ years I only ran. Then I decided that I was inflexible so I started yoga, though running was still the most important part of my day. Then I decided that I was weak, so I almost exclusively did some type of weight training for 4ish years. I would still periodically come back to running, because one thing that I couldn’t deny was that I loved the feeling. Over the last few years, I’ve done a mix of running, yoga, and weight training with the addition of hiking, but even then, I would be consumed by 1 of them for a few months. Temperance is not a strong suit of mine.
More recently, I have been so inspired by so many of my patients. I hear about their training; I’m a part of their training and recovery; I get invested in their training and racing. First, it got me to transition some of my hiking to some running, and I quickly fell in love with trail running. So gradually, I’ve been doing a bit more of it. Well really, I’m kind of a weekend warrior. I choose to work long hours during the week, which leads to the majority of my running/hiking to the weekends. Regardless, I’ve been really enjoying these past 2 or 3 months. I’ve been enjoying telling my patients about it, and they’re all quick to ask what race I’m training for. Well nothing really. But over the past 3-4 weeks, with each passing inquiry, route planning, run, and discussion of my run, I’ve been getting more and more excited about trail running. It’s all because of my patients. The people that I’m helping are helping me.
My training plan
So since I’ve been feeling more inspired, I’ve been thinking about transitioning my running into something with more structure. I started thinking about it being more like training. I think training implies that there’s a plan. I currently have no plan; my schedule looks like 2 massive mileage days on the weekends (about 23-27 miles over 2 days, hence the weekend warrior status), 2-3 days of yoga, walking to/from work, and inconsistently lifting weights.
So I decided to create some structure and simultaneously practice some temperance. I regularly help my patients to balance their endurance activities with mobility and strength work. I should really be no exception, so I want my training to be balanced between running, yoga, and weight training. So here is the general idea:
3 days a week of running/hiking
4 days a week of yoga
2 days a week of weight training.
I will detail my training each week. I realize that what I have planned is a general template, and that it will need to be adapted. I only wrote 4 weeks right now for that very reason. I will get a baseline in this first month. At the end of each week, I’ll be writing a post about my training including what I did, how it went, how I felt, and if anything needs to be adjusted. I hope you follow along, and I welcome any comments, suggestions, and questions!
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Drs. Chloe Costigan and John Giacalone are both physical medicine specialists, former competitive athletes, and strength and conditioning coaches.