Friday, September 12, 2014

Running - Only Half Crazy



Well, I did it!! I talked about it. But then I finally bit the bullet and signed up for my first half-marathon! 

I still can't believe that I am running a half marathon in a month and a half.  If you had asked me at this time last year if I would do a half marathon, the answer would have been, "no way, are you crazy?!?"  Now, it turns out, I'm the crazy one... but only half crazy!

My teammates from OTC convinced me to join them on a road trip to the Newburyport Half Marathon in Massachusetts.  They have promised me a trip to Salem on the Saturday, which is also during Halloween season! And the race gives beer mugs instead of finisher medals! Score!

To prep for my run, I did a little searching online for training plans.  My goal is to only run 3 times per week, because I still want to fit in cycling, swimming, and strength training.  There are only so many hours in a day and days in a week!  I used a combo of Hal Higdon's Advanced Half Marathon Plan and Jenny Hadfield's Intermediate Half Marathon Plan to develop the following.  Since I was training for my Olympic distance races, I have a pretty solid base for running.

Half Marathon Training Schedule - Fall 2014

Week
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
1 (9/8)
Strength
Swim (75)
Bike (50)
Rest
Strength
Run (8 miles)
Bike (2 hours)
2 (9/15)
Strength
Swim (90)
Run (track)
Bike (60)
Run (45 min tempo)
Strength
Swim (90)
Strength
Run (10 miles)
Strength
3 (9/22)
Bike (60)
Strength
Swim (90)
Run (track)
Strength
Run (50 min tempo)
Swim (90) Strength
Run (Run 12 miles)
Bike (2 hours)
4 (9/29)
Bike (60)
Strength
Swim (90)
Run (track)
Strength
Run (30 min tempo)
Swim (90) Strength
Run (8 miles at race pace)
Rest
5 (10/6)
Bike (60)
Strength
Swim (90)
Run (track)
Strength
Run (55 min tempo)
Swim (90) Strength
Run (13 miles)
Bike and Strength
6 (10/13)
Bike (60)
Strength
Swim (90)
Run (track)
Strength
Run (60 min tempo)
Swim (90) Strength
Run (6 miles race pace)
Bike (2 hours)
7 (10/20)
Race Week!
Bike (60)
Strength
Swim (90)
Run (track)
Strength
Run (30 min tempo)
Rest
Run (15-20 mins)
Race Day!

 
And, no post on my first half marathon would be complete without a goal!  My goal is to run it in under 1:45 and preferably to actually run it at 7:30 pace, since that was my pace in my 10k at the end of my Olympic triathlon.  I figure that should be reasonable!

Let the fun begin!

If you have any advice to share from your own experiences in running a half marathon, I'd love to hear it!! Please, help me!!

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe this will be your first! How exciting!!! I always say enjoy your first race and don't have too high of expectations going in, because you never know what the experience will be like. Plus, there will always be time to train more and improve - because I guarantee that once you do one, there will be many more in your future. Just pace and don't go out to hard (like I always do). Can't wait to see how your race goes! Have fun training!!

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