What is a Thtweek?
Thtweek stands for "Ten Hour Training Week". I have decided that, in the spirit of Optimal Training--training the best you can, given the time and energy you have to commit--I can dedicate ten hours per week to my training. I believe ten hours per week is more than enough to cover your core elemental training. So I will attempt to get the most out of those ten hours that I can--to be effective, to be efficient, and to focus on consistent quality--to achieve my running goals.
What are my goals?
My current goal is to run a sub-2:30 marathon in Boston on April 21, 2008.
Is that realistic?
I don't know. That's what makes it a great goal. To put it in perspective, I recently ran a 2:42:23 marathon in Sacramento last December, and definitely could have run a few minutes faster. And that was off of 3 months training. I've kept going since then, and I've got 3 more months to get there. Of course, I have a lot of high level running in my background.
You can chart my progress here: Thtweek 1, (Actually, that's it...for now!)
What counts in a Thtweek?
Basically, I only count things that fall into formal workouts: running, exercises, warm-ups, cool-downs, post-run stretching. I don't include all the other things that matter like eating, sleeping, hydrating, etc. All of those are important, and I'll be trying to do them all, but keeping track of them isn't necessary to be Thtweeky.
What did I do this Thtweek?
For the sake of clarity, I should say I do all my sit-ups, push-ups, and lower back exercises in a 30-minute routine, I also add 10-15 minutes of stretching after every workout. So that's what I'll be counting for the purposes of Thtweeky Accuracy.
Mon: Rain 1 - Bryan 0, no run today; sit-ups, push-ups, lower back exercises; total time = :30
Tue: Rain 1 - Bryan 1 (I didn't run in the rain. The rain cleared up just long enough for me to run. Smart rain.) 60 min (9.5 miles, out 6:15 out, in 6:00); sit-ups, push-ups, lower back exercises; total time = 1:45
Wed: Work 1 - Rain 1 - Bryan 1 (no run; I worked way too many hours; ugh); sit-ups, push-ups, lower back exercises; total time :30
Thu: Bryan 2! (Despite the terrible weather!) 62 min (9.5 miles, 6:15 pace); sit-ups, push-ups, lower back exercises; total time 1:45
Fri: Bryan 3! 75 min (3 mile warm-up, 8 mile tempo (43 min, 5:15 out, 5:30 back), 2 mile cool-down in "Portlandesque" rain!); total time 1:30
I met a few good runners the other day and ran this workout with them. I never would have done it on my own. Thanks Scott, James, Brett and Dave!
Sat: 47 min (6:00 pace); total time 1:00
Sun: I'm on a plane to Australia, so I'm gonna guess I got in about three laps around economy class!
Was I Thtweeky?
Eh. I don't think I did enough. 7 hours total training. Gotta step it up!
What do you think? Is it enough?