Today starts training for the…
I’ve wanted to run a half marathon for about a year and a half now, but something has always come up to keep me from training. Well, let’s be specific; I’ve always let things dissuade me from continuing my training. I’ve either gotten scared by the distance, the committment to training, or the sheer magnintude that I’m trying to do something that is a really big deal to me, and there’s a chance I might fail.
Hopefully, by putting this out in blogland, where the whole world can see, I’m giving myself the accountability to finish what I’m starting today.
But enough with the motivational speeches.
I’ve come up with my own training schedule modified from Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 Program. I only realistically have time to run 3 days a week, so I used Hal’s long run scheme (mostly) and gave myself one run with moderate mileage and a short run every week.
In addition to running three times a week, I’m going to keep practicing yoga and keep lifting weights twice a week. Yoga will most likely be done on non-running days, but unfortunately, I’m going to have to double up running and weights to fit all my workouts in.
As I prepare to start my Journey to 13.1, I’m researching things like compression gear, energy gels, fuel belts, and technical wear. I’m really excited, but also feeling a little crazy for trying this. After all, I’ve never been a runner, and the most I’ve ever run without a walk break is 4 miles. But I’m also keeping in the back of my mind the sense of accomplishment I’ll feel when I cross that finish line, no matter what my time, place or method of finishing.
Here’s a table of my training schedule for any of you who are crazy enough to want to run like me:
|12 week half marathon training schedule||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3|
|3 runs per week|
|Plus cross training|
|Week 1||3 mile||4 mile||3 mile|
|Week 2||3.5 mile||5 mile||3 mile|
|Week 3||4 mile||6 mile||3 mile|
|Week 4||4 mile||7 mile||3 mile|
|Week 5||4 mile||8 mile||3 mile|
|Week 6||5 mile||5k TT||3 mile|
|Week 7||5 mile||9 mile||3 mile|
|Week 8||5 mile||10 mile||3 mile|
|Week 9||5 mile||10k TT||3 mile|
|Week 10||5 mile||11 mile||3 mile|
|Week 11||5 mile||12 mile||3 mile|
|Week 12||2 mile||2 mile||RACE|