It’s amazing how quickly time flies. If feels like only yesterday that I picked up Jack Daniels’ book and started drafting my Jack Daniels Inspired Summer Training Program. Now I’m almost done Phase III: Transition Quality and moving into the final stretch, Phase IV: Final Quality.
This last phase is normally when I would be tapering, but Dr. Daniels’ takes a different approach. The last week feels almost like an anti-taper with a significant amount of easy miles. I’ve trusted the plan so far, so I’ll trust this too.
The last week of this is the strangest. I’m used to taking it very easy in the last week of training. Jack Daniels’ book is very specific of what the last week should look like. I’ve read about not tapering, but this is the first time I’m really going to try it.
Review of Phase III
I won’t mince words: This section was hard!
The mileage was high. In fact, many weeks of this half-marathon training program exceeded the mileage I used to do for full-marathon training!
I‘m actually kind of glad that I didn’t do much weight training or tai chi on August; I just didn’t have time!
As you can see in the above graphic, I had great ramps up to big weekly mileages. And there are some obvious dips. I had a couple setbacks during this period: July didn’t go completely as planned. I finished phase II during vacation, so adjusting back to reality while training was hard, and I missed a few runs. In fact, I had to re-work the whole Phase III plan so that I didn’t ramp the mileage too fast. But, I’m glad I reached my peak of 55km/week.
I am finally starting to feel the benefits of this style of training. I surprised myself by comfortably holding race pace a couple times during runs. According to my VDOT, that should have been my interval pace! Maybe I have actually adapted and improved…