For now, let's call yesterday's mini-meltdown a PMS symptom or similar. I'm not 100% sure I'm going to do it, but I'm feeling better today. What I do know is I need a less intense training plan. Maybe I can handle the 25+ miles/week when I have nothing else going on...maybe next year? I don't know. But right now, looking at a week of 5,6,4,9 is overwhelming.
So, I'm somewhat modifying Hal Higdon's novice & intermediate programs. They're really 12 week programs, but I have a 15-20 mpw base (except for last week's 9.5), so I think it'll be fine. Here goes. If I find this overwhelming, I'll drop the shorter easy run. I'm going to reevaluate in 3 weeks, and if its going week (one month pre-race) I'm going to register for the race. (I am just hedging my bets there will be room).
Week of 8/2
4 easy, 3 easy, 7x400, 3 pace, 8 long
Week of 8/9 (rugby practice x 2 starts this week)
4.5 easy, 8x400, 3 easy, 5 pace, 9 long
Week of 8/16
4.5 easy, 4x800, 3 easy, 5 pace, 10 long
Week of 8/23 (game on Saturday...if I play less than 40 min I'll add 4 easy)
5 easy, 9x400, 5 pace, 11 long
Week of 8/30 (game on Saturday...if I play less than 40 min, I'll add 4 easy)
5 easy, 5x800, 5 pace, 12 long
Week of 9/6 (tournament weekend...to exhausting to even think about)
5 easy, 10x400, 5 pace, 10 long
Week of 9/13
4 easy, 3 pace, 2 easy, RACE
I am just letting myself do the runs and not worry too much about time. Maybe I'll hit 2 hrs. Maybe not. But Maybe I'll even lose a couple of pounds. Its been a month and I haven't lost an ounce. Whoops. DO OVER!