This is week one of my 12-week training program for Half Marathon #2. Last time around, I sort of cobbled together a training plan of my own, because I wanted to include plenty of rest days, and I didn’t want to be running 5-6 times per week. This time around is no different. I started with Hal Higdon’s intermediate half marathon training plan, and fiddled with it to make it work a little better for me.
The original intermediate plan calls for running 4 times per week, with only one rest day, and speed work every week. While I believe that speed work is important, I also really like my hill repeats, so I wanted to incorporate those, too. And I wanted 2 rest days per week. Maybe I’m lazy, but I just CAN’T commit to working out 6 days a week. I just can’t. I also had to move the 5k race to make my September Color Run fit.
So basically, this is what the plan looks like:
Running: Tuesdays will be alternating 400s, hill repeats, and tempo runs. Thursdays will be easy runs, and Saturdays will be long, slow distance. The 5k race will be the Color Run, and the 10k race will most likely be Jost Running’s Oktoberfest–the medal is a bottle opener! So fun!
Cross-Training: Mondays and Wednesdays will be cross-training (hopefully Body Pump and Yoga, respectively), with rest days on Fridays and Sundays. I may throw in yoga on Sundays every once in a while too, to help sore legs after long runs. I would also like to keep up with daily push ups, squats, and hip strengthening exercises.
Obviously, things may change depending on what we’ve got going on, but I’m hoping to stick to this schedule more closely than I did with my last one. My last training cycle was a lot longer, so I had more wiggle room for skipping long runs and making them up later.
I’m a little nervous about this training cycle because for most of it, we’ll be living in Underhill with Ben’s parents. The area where they live is not exactly conducive to outdoor running (although, they do have hill repeats covered–Harvey Road is a BEAST!) This means that most of my running will likely be done on a treadmill or indoor track, which is a surefire recipe for boredom. I’m hoping that my hunger for a sub-2:30 half will keep me motivated and help me push through.
How do you train for a race? Do you pick an existing plan, or make your own?