The weekend was fabulous, no complaints. I take that back, I would like cooler weather and the Dawgs to get their game back.
It’s race week here kids! I am running the half marathon leg of our relay at the Augusta Half Ironman this Sunday. 70.3 miles of insanity. It will be awesome to get a glimpse of the pros that will be competing in the race. I feel good about the event, 100x less nervous than I was for my triathlon. I am anxious to find out how my training schedule will impact my time. I cannot believe that I stuck to the entire eight-week plan. I certainly had a few days where I deviated, but overall I paid attention to my weekly mileage.
Runner’s World SmartCoach Review
– Provided me with a plan on how to run for improvement, eliminated boredom and kept me from injury. Consistency is vital. I felt like during my last half marathon training I was running almost daily, because I thought that is what I was suppose to be doing.
– Learned the importance of speedwork. Having a routine where I completed 4 miles under 7:30 a mile each week helped to mentally strengthen my body and improve my overall pace. Incredibly hard at times but very rewarding.
– You have to allow time for “life stuff” and it can be frustrating missing a day or having to deviate from a schedule. I’m OCD, what can I say.
– Perhaps if I had paid for more than the “free” version, I could adjust my actual pace times and mileage. It would be killer to have an app that adjusted to your inputs.
The truth is, I will know how successful this plan was for me when I get my final race time. Whatever the outcome, I will look to follow more training guides. During these past few training weeks, I have experienced better control over my running and felt that I was running with purpose. I enjoy having a virtual trainer tell me what to do, go figure.
How does everyone feel about trainers and plans put together for working out? Are you good with following a schedule?