Yesterday I spent the better part of my morning, after my run, working on my training plan. April @ Run The Great Wide Somewhere is to blame, she posted the training plan she had worked up and I decided I just needed to bite the bullet and get it done too. For months I have been lamenting over what training plan to use for my first Half Marathon. It seems that some are for people just hoping to finish, I find they don't have enough running; and some are for people hoping to best their PR from a previous half...which obviously I don't have! I seem to fall somewhere in the middle. Even the ones that came close to what I wanted, didn't have the correct days. So, I decided to mash them all up and make my own! I honestly cannot believe that all 30 weeks fit so easily onto a page and when I get to the bottom it will be time! Floored by that.
So who wants to look it over and tell me if it looks ok? The blue spaces are races, I adjusted a few things for those and also moved a couple runs around because of prior engagements and times I know petsitting will be crazy, like Thanksgiving morning. Obviously I have a couple months before the mileage really goes up, so I just tried to focus on the 4-7 mile long runs up to my next10K and then started going up from there.
It also looks like some of the plans just go straight up in mileage and others (like Galloway) have a week with a shorter run after a week or two with long runs. I tried to do that as well, I thought it would keep me from injuring myself. I also don't want to run the full 13.1 until the actual race, so I did 12 two weeks out and then a taper week. What do you think? I know running 4x a week might be a bit much, but I rarely run 3x a week anymore, I'm just compelled to run more. (this morning I sit here actually forcing myself to have a rest day when I want to run yet again!)
As for my weekly wrap-up, I ran 17 miles this week. I actually wanted to run more, yesterday I got home at 4 miles and had to talk myself out of going for another 4! It was a gorgeous morning and I ran at a comfortable pace and just felt like I could go and go.
Tuesday- 4 miles
Wednesday- 6.2 miles (virtual 10K Summer race)
Friday- 3.1 tempo miles on the treadmill
Saturday- 4 miles
Sunday- bike ride with Dallas this afternoon (no running! must.not.run.)
Another week with very little to no cross training. I thought about putting cross-training on my training calendar, but I honestly don't want to feel like I've failed every time I look at it and I intend to mark off nearly ALL those training runs as I go so I can see my progress! I hope to add cross training into some of those blank days, but my running is top on my list and what I'm focused on right now.
Hope everyone had a good week, any glaring errors in my training plan? Suggestions? Did you use a plan or make up your own the first time you trained for a big race?