I know I said I wanted to go the whole year without training for a race or event, but I lied. I really really missed training for a race. I found myself not motived to get to the gym as often as I should or I took it easy when I should have been pushing myself. While I did enjoy my Zumba classes its time to get back to what I really love.
My next big race is the Madison Mini half marathon in Madison Wisconsin on August 17th. Since the race is in August and supposedly really hilly I’m not sure exactly what type of goal I’m shooting for. I’ll have to fill you in on that later. Until then here is my advanced half marathon trainingg game plan:
|June 24-30||Zumba or CT||6 x hill||3 m run + strength||45 min tempo||Rest||90 min run||CT|
|July 1-7||Zumba or CT||8 x 400 5-K pace||3 m run + strength||30 min tempo||CT||1:45 Run (3/1)||rest|
|July 8-14||3 m run + strength||7 x hill||3 m run + strength||45 min tempo||Rest||CT||10-K Race|
|July 15-21||Zumba or CT||3 x 1600 race pace||3 m run + strength||50 min tempo||Rest||CT||1:45 run|
|July 22-28||Zumba or CT||5 x 800 10-K pace||3 m run + strength||30 min tempo||Rest or easy run||Rest||15-K Race|
|July 29-4||Zumba or CT||4 x 1600 race pace||3 m run + strength||55 min tempo||Rest||CT||2:00 run (3/1)|
|Aug 5-11||Zumba or CT||6 x 800 10-K pace||3 m run + strength||60 min tempo||Rest||CT||2:00 run|
|Aug 12-18||Zumba or CT||6 x 400 5-K pace||2 m run + strength||30 min tempo||Rest||Rest||Half Marathon|
I adapted a version of Hal Higdon’s advanced program to fit my schedule better. Also I find running more than 3-4 days a week really bad for my legs. This is an advanced program and its pretty short since I have limited time. If your just getting into running follow Hal Higdon’s beginners plan.
CT= Cross Train. Most CT days I’ll probably be doing yoga. I can’t believe I actually like yoga now. I’ve been really enjoying hot Moksha yoga, there are not many studios that offer it around but if you are lucky enough to have one go check it out!
I’m looking forward to letting you guys know how everything goes with my training. I’m so excited to be back running. It’s not hard for me to believe that it only took about 4 months to get back on the running train again.
Tonight I’m doing hill repeats on the Brooklyn Bridge. Move out of my way tourist!
How many days do you run when you are training for a half marathon? Do you have any late summer/fall races on the calendar?