OK, so I’ve been preparing myself the past couple months for the Dopey training. Yes, I’ve been training for my training. Good thing too, cause I just settled on which plan to follow and Hal Higdon is the winner! As you can see, week 1 requires you to be able to already run 13 miles at once. So you better have done some pre-training to be ready to do that.
Honestly, it doesn’t seem too bad. Sure the back to back long runs will be tough, but they’re not as long as I thought they’d be. I may add a little extra mileage, but maybe I should be smart and stick to the schedule as made. After all, he’s the expert. I settled on this plan because I’ve heard a lot of good things from several runners about following his plans before for marathons. It’s worth a try. Though I’m sure no plan is perfect since this is the inaugural edition of the Dopey, so if nobody’s done it, then maybe nobody knows the best way to prepare for it. And maybe there is no best way to train. I’m sure there are several plans that good for different people. It’s not an exact science, after all.
My only addition to his plan is I’ll continue on with my cross training during the week. I know he has some cross training days in there, but I currently do more than that and want to continue. I believe it is VITAL to cross train when doing distance running. Need to keep your body strong in order to run strong. So I’ll keep up with yoga, weight lifting, etc. Not sure if I’m going to play soccer this fall though – I’d hate to invest in running this Dopey only to get an injury playing soccer – may have to skip a season.
Anyway, the official kickoff for this program is September 9th, 2013. Just gotta make sure I’m ready to run 13 miles by the end of that week in addition to the other runs. Shouldn’t be a problem. I’m almost to that distance on my current long run and I’m basically running 5 days a week anyway. Here’s to hoping for a successful training season and a successful Dopey completion!!!