"I have to admit that I run faster in these cold temperatures, even if I don't want to do it, " I said. "Plus, I've actually spent this winter following a training plan for a half marathon. I really should sign up for a half marathon in April. Maybe the Pro Football Hall of Fame."
"But then I would have to run a half marathon."
Shelby: "I was waiting for it."
|Shelby gets me.|
It is true that after reading five books and countless online articles on marathon and half-marathon training, I came up with a plan, and I have followed that plan pretty well this winter. This is unusual for me, as I never felt the need to follow any sort of plan for a half-marathon, even when I had an ambitious (for me) time goal. I've always just thought, "Run more; run faster," and for the most part it worked. Except that lately it didn't work. This year I didn't reach my sub-two-hour goal for a half marathon, and I could give lots of reasons why, but I won't. I didn't hit it, and I moved on to other goals.
What is my training program? Glad you asked!
I have divided my program into indoor and outdoor running. Both use a heart monitor, but outdoor running uses mileage and indoor running uses time. This is a typical week:
Monday: no running. Yoga.
Tuesday: Tempo run. Outdoors: 1 mile warm up. 3 miles @ 8:50/mile. 1 mile cool down. If indoors, 10 minutes warm up. 30 minutes @ 6.7. 10 minutes cool down.
Wednesday: Weights and Core. 30+ minutes weights and 10+ minutes running in place with 2 lb. weights.
Thursday: Intervals. Outdoors (in theory--I haven't had the opportunity to do this outside yet): 1 mile warm up. 1/4 mile @ 8:00/mile, 1 minute recovery x 12, 1 mile cool down. Treadmill: 10 minutes warm up. 1 minute @ 7.6, 1 minute recovery @5 x 12. Cool down until I hit the rest of the remaining mile.
Friday: 4 miles minimum of whatever I want to run.
Saturday: 5-6 miles either hills (Sand Run) or easy on the treadmill while watching Supernatural.
|I tell myself that I only watch this so I can converse with my 13 year old daughter, but I think we all know better.|
I have noticed that when I run outdoors, I have been running faster more easily. Is that the training or the temperature or both? Who knows? I know that I should sign up for something right now so I can see if this is my moment. . . but I can't seem to care. I really enjoy the training right now, but I have nothing going on until May. Is it too soon? Will I burn out? I don't know.
I do know that I am currently enjoying myself and sleeping better. The downside is that I am constantly hungry, but I am used to this feeling.
I am going to save it for Cleveland, Peeps. Will you join me? Sign up for the Race Series Challenge; I'm running the 8k/Half Marathon. Come give me some motivation. Until then, run happy, Peeps!
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