Dopey Challenge Training Is Starting!

Hello, all!

IT’S TIME! Dopey Challenge training starts this week, which means that my regular workouts will be changing slightly.

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As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I will be following the Hal Higdon training plan. The plan officially starts on September 5, but some additionally training is required before then.

Higdon’s training plan is 18 weeks long and consists of 4-5 days of running per week. The first long run is 13 miles and occurs in the first week. The plan then builds to include two virtual Dopey weeks (running Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), and ends with a long run of 20 miles three weeks before Marathon Weekend. This plan is definitely intense!

To prepare for the first Higdon week in September, I plan to spend the summer building up my endurance, starting this week.

Here is what my training/weekly workouts will look like:

  • Mondays: 30 minutes on the elliptical and some strength training
  • Tuesdays: 3 miles and some strength training
  • Wednesdays: 4 miles
  • Thursdays:Β 3 miles and some strength training
  • Fridays:Β 30 minutes on the elliptical and some strength training
  • Saturdays: long runs every other week (the pattern will be 7 miles, 4 miles, 8 miles, 4 miles, 9 miles, 4 miles, 10 miles, 4 miles, 11 miles, 4 miles, 12 miles, and 4 miles)

As you can see, this mini plan greatly resembles Hal Higdon’s 18-week plan, which means that it will be a great starting point.

While I’m nervous for the long training miles ahead, I’m excited to finally begin the journey to Dopey Challenge.

Are any of you running Dopey Challenge in 2018? When does your training begin?

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