Happy Tuesday everyone!
I started today out with a 7 am run before work. Generally in life I like to assume that I know everything and that I am always right, so when it comes to training for this half marathon, I GOT THIS. Because of the consequences that that mentality have gotten me, however, I have come to accept in my (almost) 30 years that I do not know everything and I am not always right, as much as I would like to be.
So I decided to actually research training for a half marathon. The first thing that popped up in my research was Hal Higdon’s training plans. For anyone unfamiliar with Hal, check out his bio here. From his site, he has been “running and writing for half a century.” He has written more articles for Runner’s World than any other contributor, authored 36 books, and has an incredible and prestigious running career.
He has 4 different training plans for a half marathon: novice 1, novice 2, intermediate, and advanced. There is even a training plan for walking a half marathon if you’re interested. Since I have been running for awhile, I felt that the novice 1 was a little too basic for me. I settled on the novice 2 because once you get to intermediate there are a lot of tempo runs and serious pace work. I run because I enjoy the way it makes me feel mentally and physically and I am not very interested in PRs or actual competitions.
The novice 2 plan is a very doable regimen for me and doesn’t involve much of a change in the way that I currently structure my runs. The only main difference is the increasing length of the Saturday run. For a complete breakdown of the program, visit his site.
The race is about 8 weeks away, which puts me at week 4 this week. Two weeks ago my long run wound up being 6.6 miles (the benefits of running with a friend and losing track of time), and last Saturday I got in 7 miles. I was a little ahead of myself those last two weeks, but my friend Carly and I have a 7 mile run planned this Saturday and an 8 mile one next week.
Looking ahead, August is filled with weddings that take up a lot of weekends, so I may have to get creative with my run structuring. It took me two weeks to realize that Sunday says cross training, which I may do or I may eat. I haven’t decided yet.
So that is my plan. This morning I did 3 miles and plan to run tomorrow and Thursday mornings as well. You guys can keep me accountable so that I can rock this race. Once I fine tune my fueling for this training, I will share that as well. Have a great Tuesday!
Question of the day: Have you ever followed a training program? Did you find it helpful?