basically gave it away mentioned yesterday that my goal this month is to run more, and that’s because I signed up for my third half marathon over the weekend!
Some friends of mine invited me to run it with them, so I decided why not? It’s the New York Road Runners Manhattan Half, whose course is two and a quarter laps in Central Park! it just sounded too cool to pass up, so I went for it.
Part of me feels a little bonkers signing up for this race right now because…
1. It’s the dead of winter in New England (aka, not exactly the best time to find somewhere to run long distances)
2. It’s the holiday season, where I will be travelling and probably eating like crap
3. The race is now only 7 weeks away!
All that aside, I didn’t want to let circumstances to stop me from doing what I want to do. I’ve got two other half’s under my belt, so it’s not like I have never done this before.
I’m excited to push myself in a season that I would otherwise become quite lazy. It will be quite the life adjustment to start running longer distances on the treadmill, but I’m getting more comfortable each day. Hopefully you’ll stick out the journey with me!
Training: Week 1
To track my progress for this half, especially since it’s going to go by quickly, I’m going to post my weekly training logs on Tuesdays. Last week was actually my first unofficial week of training, and it went well, even with Thanksgiving thrown in there.
Tue. 26th – 2 miles (treadmill; 19:02) & ab work (this workout)
Wed. 27th – Trouble zones legs circuit
Thur. 28th – Turkey Trot 5k (28:50-ish)
Fri. 29th – this 1,000 rep workout, which left me soooo sore!
Sat. 30th – 5 mile long run; was pretty hard for being sore and it being 32 degrees, but I did it
Sun. 1st – rest!
Mon. 2nd – 2 miles (treadmill; 19:18)
This was definitely a solid week of training, but I didn’t even realize it was a “training week” until about halfway through the week when I committed to signing up for the race. I definitely need to up my running, but I’ll get there.
I’m excited to plow through the rest of the week and just suck it up and get on the treadmill! The more I get on it, the more I get used to it and it’s not so bad.
8 Week Half Marathon Training Plan
I’ve never come up with a plan less than 12 weeks, but I made it work for only 8 weeks! Here’s what I came up with:
Click on the image to make it bigger if you’d like to see all the details. It’s a very rough schedule, and if things get mixed around, that’s okay with me. I just know if I don’t make a plan, I won’t get to anything.
The only real hiccup I see in the plan is for the two weeks I’m on vacation soon. That’ll get a little tricky, but I’m just gonna go with whatever happens!
Questions for You:
- Running any races soon?
- What have you done recently that may seem crazy but you’re going for it anyway?