I have both the Level 1 and 2 Marathon plans. The Level 2 Marathon plans often includes seven days of running/cross-training. I like the plan quite a bit, as it gives me more opportunities for longer long runs as compared to Level 1. However, I feel that I need to make Mondays a regular rest day without running or cross-training. Is this OK to just drop these workouts, or do I need to adjust something else in the plan to make up for this?
Dropping the Monday workout altogether is an option, but it then skews the 80/20 ratios built into the plans. I’d recommend instead that you either add the 40 minutes as an AM/PM run on another day, or take that 40 minutes and split it up over 2-3 runs, adding 15-20 minutes of running to 2-3 runs later in the week. The Monday runs are always Zone 2, so it’s easy to make that change.
I’m glad you’ve said that. I ride my bike to work which is a 20 min ride one way. (40 min return). This often fits in as a 40 min run/cross train and wondered if I was cheating breaking it up. I watch my zones so ride in bike zone as appropriate allowing for the slight difference in bike versus run zones.
Because I am an electrician in a factory I still spend plenty of time up and down and walking for 8 hours in between. Pretty much get my 8-10k steps at work alone for the day. Average 18k steps per day overall.