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December strengthener

This schedule will get you ready for spring with a mix of strength work and some longer runs to toughen you up ready for marathon season. Increase your long run by at most 15min a week, so if you're not ready for 1h45 on the first Sunday, start with less and build up. If you don't plan on doing a marathon, simply reduce the Sunday runs by 30 to 45 mins.

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Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Week 1
 2x( 5 x 40sec hill sprints, jog/walk recovery) 3min jog between sets 3000m time trial  9 miles Easy (1h40)
04 Dec to 10 Dec
How fast should you do the Parkrun? It's up to you. Some of the parkruns in this schedule are marked as "hard", but all the others you can choose how to run it yourself depending on how you feel. Take it easy if you feel tired. Learn to listen to your body and adapt your plans."
Week 2
 2x( 6 x 40sec hill sprints, jog/walk recovery) 3min jog between sets Oregon circuits - 400m fast followed by circuit exercises for 20secs as called by the coach e.g. squats, push ups, burpees, squat thrusts, lunges, plank, sit ups, high knees, leg raises. 25 min total duration.  11 miles Easy (2h02)
11 Dec to 17 Dec
Week 3
 10x( 40sec hill sprints, jog/walk recovery) 30 min Parlauf, 400m efforts at 3k pace  11 miles Easy (2h02)
18 Dec to 24 Dec
Week 4
 Highgate. 7 miles Easy (1h17) No track session. 12 x ( 40sec hill sprints, jog/walk recovery) or 20min threshold  9 miles Easy (1h40)
25 Dec to 31 Dec

 

Advice

It's important to be flexible out your schedule. This plan is just an outline and it is important to pay attention to how you feel. Here are some tips: