This week marks 20 weeks until the 2012 Rite Aid Cleveland Half-Marathon.
This week also means it’s time to get down to business. I’ve worked and reworked my training schedule five times over. This is my “final” copy — at least for the moment.
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I want to see how the first leg of training goes, so I’m just posting the beginning portion for now. This will take me through early March and brings me to my first potential road race of 2012 — the St. Malachi 5-Miler, which starts at St. Malachi Church in downtown Cleveland. A 2-mile race is also offered at the event.
I’ve heard great feedback about this race and considering every race in the area will be new to me, I figured this might be a good option to start with. Plus it will give me something to work towards over the next two months, and help me build my mileage base back up.
Other training plan highlights:
Rest. For the longest time I had been using Friday as my rest day. I’ve decided to switch that up and rest on Sundays now, which I hope will give me more time to cook nice meals on the weekend too!
Speed. I will be incorporating speed work into one of my weekly runs. I’ll be starting small and see where this goes. The joy will be running on a track in the winter… or trying to tweak the treadmill speed. Which poison should I pick?
Mileage. I’m slowly building my mileage base back up. I have not run more than 3.5 miles since my November half. So right now 3 and 4-milers sound like long runs. Hopefully that changes in time.
Strength. I’m adding strength-training back into my schedule. For a few months last year I was really good with this, lifting weights two to three times a week, but I fell off the bandwagon in late summer. This year I’m hoping by committing to a once a week session I will be able to actually maintain the weight-training long-term.
Spin. I’m hitting up spin class again for cross-training.
Yoga. With the kickoff to the new year, most every local studio is offering yoga specials from what I’ve seen. I’m going to scoop up some deals too to help me commit to practicing at least once week in 2012.
What changes have you made to your training plan this time around?
Disclosure: As a 2012 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Blogger I will receive complimentary entry into the race of my choice, along with special access to pre and post-race events, in exchange for writing about my training for this event.