We're just starting July 2022 – how is that possible?? – and many of us are starting up our training programs for Dopey 2023. If you're doing Jeff Galloway's amazing and incredibly popular program, which you can find RIGHT HERE, you'll be starting to clock the scheduled miles this week if you haven't already.
Last year, I used a built out version of Hal Higdon's program and absolutely loved it. Higdon's program is 18 weeks long as compared to Galloway's 29 weeks – and while I love that Higdon's program is straightforward and hits hard with heavy mileage, I get a little antsy around July. A good running schedule clears my head, gives my mind room to be as creative as it wants to me, and honestly just all around makes me a better person. So I do Higdon's program pretty much as it is from its actual starting point on – but I tack a similar schedule with just ONE day of weekend running onto the front. Last year I mirrored his program more closely in what I tacked on – but this year I've realized I have no reason to lose both weekend days to stacked runs this far out, so I'm just doing a steady 3-6-3 mile Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday schedule and a nice long run on Saturday mornings until Higdon's proper schedule starts in September.
Last year, after running Dopey and taking some time to recover, I tested how far I'd really come with this training schedule by running a local half marathon and realized I'd cut a whopping 24 minutes off of my prior personal best. (I tell the pretty cool story right HERE!) So I'm very curious to see what will happen this year!!
|July 4||1||Rest||3 mi run||6 mi run||3 mi run||Rest||10 mi run||Rest|
|July 11||2||Rest||3 mi run||6 mi run||3 mi run||Rest||10 mi run||Rest|
|July 18||3||Rest||3 mi run||6 mi run||3 mi run||Rest||11 mi run||Rest|
|July 25||4||Rest||3 mi run||6 mi run||3 mi run||Rest||11 mi run||Rest|
|Aug 1||5||Rest||3 mi run||6 mi run||3 mi run||Rest||12 mi run||Rest|
|Aug 8||6||Rest||3 mi run||6 mi run||3 mi run||Rest||12 mi run||Rest|
|Aug 15||7||Rest||3 mi run||6 mi run||3 mi run||Rest||13 mi run||Rest|
|Aug 22||8||Rest||3 mi run||6 mi run||3 mi run||Rest||13 mi run||Rest|
|Aug 29||9||Rest||3 mi run||6 mi run||3 mi run||Rest||13 mi run||Rest|
|Sept 5||10/Higdon 1||Rest||3 mi run||5 mi pace||3 mi run||Rest||3 mi run||13 mi run|
|Sept 12||11/Higdon 2||Rest||3 mi run||5 mi run||3 mi run||Rest||7 mi run||Cross|
|Sept 19||12/Higdon 3||Rest||3 mi run||5 mi pace||3 mi run||Rest||4 mi run||14 mi run|
|Sept 26||13/Higdon 4||Rest||3 mi run||6 mi pace||3 mi run||Rest||8 mi run||Cross|
|Oct 3||14/Higdon 5||Rest||3 mi run||6 mi run||3 mi run||Rest||5 mi run||15 mi run|
|Oct 10||15/Higdon 6||Rest||3 mi run||6 mi pace||3 mi run||Rest||9 mi run||Cross|
|Oct 17||16/Higdon 7||Rest||4 mi run||7 mi pace||4 mi run||Rest||6 mi run||16 mi run|
|Oct 24||17/Higdon 8||Rest||4 mi run||7 mi run||4 mi run||Rest||10 mi run||Cross|
|Oct 31||18/Higdon 9||Rest||4 mi run||7 mi pace||Rest||2 mi run||7 mi run||17 mi run|
|Nov 7||19/Higdon 10||Rest||4 mi run||8 mi pace||4 mi run||Rest||11 mi run||Cross|
|Nov 14||20/Higdon 11||Rest||5 mi run||8 mi run||Rest||3 mi run||8 mi run||18 mi run|
|Nov 21||21/Higdon 12||Rest||5 mi run||8 mi pace||5 mi run||Rest||12 mi run||Cross|
|Nov 28||22/Higdon 13||Rest||5 mi run||5 mi pace||Rest||4 mi run||9 mi run||19 mi run|
|Dec 5||23/Higdon 14||Rest||5 mi run||8 mi run||5 mi run||Rest||13 mi run||Cross|
|Dec 12||24/Higdon 15||Rest||5 mi run||Rest||2.5 mi run||5 mi run||10 mi run||20 mi run|
|Dec 19||25/Higdon 16||Rest||5 mi run||Rest||4 mi run||Rest||12 mi run||Cross|
|Dec 26||26/Higdon 17||Rest||4 mi run||Rest||3 mi run||Rest||8 mi run||Cross|
|Jan 2||27/Higdon 18||Rest||2 mi run||Rest||Jan 5 – 5K||Jan 6 – 10K||Jan 7 – Half||Jan 8 – Full|
The blue text are my additions. The black text is Hal Higdon's Dopey schedule – I've just added this season's dates for ease of use, along with the dates of the actual races at the end.
On the cross training days I'll focus on strength work. I layer in yoga throughout the week and just choose a restorative or more active, demanding class based on what I feel like I need. I tend to choose hip-focused classes a lot because I need it so much to balance against the race training. I have a Peloton subscription mainly for their yoga classes, so do most of mine at home using that app, but there are some amazing yoga teachers right on YouTube for free if you want to explore!!
Stay tuned here every Monday too – I'll be dropping new playlists to keep us occupied on these many, MANY miles.
Happy training!! Please tell me if I can help with anything at all!!
(And the recovering lawyer in me won't let me close without adding that this is just what *I* do. I am not a doctor or a certified trainer or anything of that nature. Let's all learn together but always listen first to our own bodies and our own doctors.)
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