Endurance – A Never Ending Journey

“There are no shortcuts to endurance. You have to train yourself to make peace with the long route…every day. And do it and love where it is taking you.”

I constantly battle my desire to over train. My day always feels so much more productive when I workout in the morning and that feeling drives me to want to train everyday. Forty years in and I know that rest is required to continue to progress, but I still hate it.

My plan for the rest of the year and all of next year is to train 5 days a week and take two full days off with nothing more than stretching and mobility on those days. My basic training schedule looks something like:

  • Monday – Rest day
  • Tuesday – Functional training
  • Wednesday – Track workout
  • Thursday – Function training
  • Friday – Rest Day
  • Saturday – Run
  • Sunday – Run

With three marathons and a 72 hour run race planned for the year I have to increase my running. I would like to get in four days of running and that would require a two-a-day session. That may end up being on Tuesday evening and would be a 5-6 mile tempo run.

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