I have a little confession. I’m still just a bit overwhelmed with life right now, even though I am training for a half-marathon. From small tasks such as switching to Ohio license plates, to larger challenges like finding a new church. There’s still a lot going on over here.
I’m torn between vegging out and just enjoying “being,” and also keeping up to date with new and old friends, potential blogger meet ups and my freelance writing. So when chaos ensues, it’s usually best I go back to what works. Some quiet time. And my running.
In the midst of all of this I have laid forth a new training plan which I’ve been following for about three weeks now. Now is probably a good time to share it, huh?
Training for a Half-Marathon
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In essence I am running three days a week. (Back to back running, and five day a week plans have not been for me.) I am keeping my mid-week maintenance runs at 4 miles each, but leaving room for a longer run should I desire. Sometimes I find I do have a great run where I just want to keep going. That’s still totally possible with this plan. Then I have my weekend long run, typically on Saturdays.
I am building up mileage, then tapering down, every other week. In the past I have tried to build up week after week and then I end in failure. Last year when I ran the Fort-4-Fitness Half-Marathon my longest run pre-race was 8 miles. I suffered IT band issues most of the summer too. This year’s motto has been smarter runner, and therefore a stronger runner.
Prior to the Cleveland Fall Classic Half-Marathon, I have also signed up for two 5K races just for fun, to see the sights and possibly a garner a fall 5K PR. I won’t rule it out! The first is the Bay Village Heritage 5K, and the second is the Bellevue Redmen 5K — both in October.
The only hiccup with the 5Ks, as part of training for a half-marathon, is that in return, I have swapped my long run out, to be completed on a Wednesday. I have to say that the 10.5 miler planned for a Wednesday down the road has me a bit apprehensive. Other than that I feel confident with the plans I have laid out.
I am also hoping to purchase a group pack of yoga soon, and looking to take classes on Thursdays for a few weeks to help keep me limber. Thursday has become my favorite night for yoga because Friday is my rest day and it’s a great way to end my (Saturday through Thursday) workout week as I continue training for a half-marathon.