I have mentioned briefly that I’m going to be starting a new training cycle the week after the wedding. I’m going to be using the Run Less Run Faster plan, which I was first introduced to by Runner’s World Magazine. This plan is from the folks behind the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training (FIRST). These guys created a plan where you run for three days out of the week and cross train for two days. I’ve heard LOTS of positive feedback about this plan and so I bought the book, read it and started to get excited.
So what’s the reasoning behind this plan? Well, in a nutshell, it’s science and statistics. The FIRST team have always measured their runners before and after beginning the program and the results speak for themselves — seriously, pick up the book and read the testimonials. You’ll be convinced.
Essentially, you run track repeats (run 1), a tempo run (run 2) and a long run (run 3) each week. That’s it. No “junk miles.” I’m trying to figure out how this will work for me practically speaking — I’ll need to decide on a track and hopefully I can convince my buddy Julie into doing the program too because I’d miss our runs. The tempo runs scare me the most. As a morning runner, I’m not sure how I can fit in 6 miles (or more) before work. Also, these paces aren’t a joke. The program encourages you to start at the pace you are at right now and work towards your goal pace (you can move to a faster pace when you can do each of the runs very comfortably at the prescribed pace). Right now my pace for the short tempo runs is 9:08. That’s fast. Now, I’ve been regularly running in the 9:20-9:40 range for the past two months. And I did just run 4 miles at a 9 minute per mile pace in Chicago last weekend. But call me crazy, I’m still just a wee bit scared. But you know what they say…if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough! So here we go (well, we will go there after I take care of this wedding thing!) — I can’t wait to share my training ups and downs with y’all!
Have you used RLRF? If so, tell me about it!