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My Unconventional Training Schedule

Posted by Elizabeth Samson on
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As 2019 winds down, a lot of us are starting to think about our goals for 2020. While my intentions for the next year extend well beyond running (something I’ll share in a later post), I do have my 2020 races lined up! Here’s where I’ll be running and how I plan on approaching the training process as an adventure instead of a monotonous routine.

After traveling all the way to Kauai this year for the most beautiful half marathon I could have imagined, I decided to keep my races local next year and experience some familiar South Florida routes from a new perspective. I’ll be running the Miami Half Marathon in February and the Southernmost Marathon in Key West in October. For me, two distance races in a year is the perfect amount because it allows me to enjoy training without the risk of burning out. I’ll also throw in a few 5Ks and 10Ks throughout the year as part of that training process.

Now to the unconventional part! While I do follow a training schedule, I am not someone who prefers to run every single day. I love it, sure, but I also love variety in my workouts and running every day doesn’t leave much room to try anything else when juggling a busy schedule. Also, my knees would hate me for it, so there’s that. I will typically run 3-4 days a week, dedicating my weekday runs to a few easy miles, tempo intervals or speed work and reserving my Saturdays for long runs. In between those runs, I love to switch up my cross training with weight training, yoga, barre, Pilates and kickboxing, and am always looking for new workouts to try.

One of my goals for 2020 - and I’m putting it in writing here to keep myself accountable - is to incorporate one new outdoor activity per month into this mix. Anything from beach boot camps and yoga to paddle boarding, kayaking and maybe a surf lesson or two. Whatever keeps me active and gets me out in nature because that’s the kind of training that feeds my soul while strengthening my body and allows me to have FUN while working toward the finish line.

Now I’m challenging you to do the same! If you’ve been struggling with this, then I want you to think of one way you can make training fun again. Comment below with your answer!

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