If you’ve been hanging out around here for the past two weeks, you’ve probably caught on that I am in the midst of training for my second half-marathon. I’ve been following a training plan for two weeks now, so I figured it’s time I blogged about it!
I have definitely decided to commit to a little more intense training plan this time through. For my first half, all I wanted to do was finish. I was very new to running (and it was actually my first race ever!). Now that I have better endurance, I definitely feel comfortable setting some new goals this time around.
I took Hal Higdon’s Intermediate plan as a base, and then made a few modifications to make it appropriate for me & my goals.
My typical week will look something like this:
- Sunday: Rest
- Monday: 3 mi/strength train
- Tuesday: 3-5 miles
- Wednesday: speed training
- Thursday: Strength/Stretching
- Friday: 3-5 miles
- Saturday: Long run
Speed training is new for me, as I mentioned last week. I am not going to follow the speed training from Hal Higdon’s plan, though, as I think that’s a little too hard for me right now (even though that’s what’s printed on my plan. Whatever). I’m doing speed training with a girlfriend on a track, and we’re both very similar in pace. We’re just going to work with where we are and slowly up the speed training by doing sprint/slow jog intervals.
I’ve also decided to taper this time around. I had no idea what that even was last fall, but every runner I talk to these days recommends it. For those of you that don’t know, tapering means doing your longest long run 3-4 weeks before the race, and then tapering your long runs down in mileage after that to give yourself time to recover. I honestly haven’t researched much about why it’s important, but I trust my marathoning friends that it’s important 😉
The Last 2 Weeks
I “officially” started training May 13th. So far, the past two weeks have been great. I needed a little extra rest the first week since I had just gotten back from vacation and my life was kind of chaotic. This has been a really solid week of training, though.
My long run for both this and last week was 6 miles. Last week, I felt really good about it. Yesterday, though, I ran all 6 miles in the rain! It wasn’t bad, but I almost felt like I was getting a cold afterward. I don’t feel like that anymore, but man, I just did not feel good.
The fact that I’ve stuck with my plan almost to a T for the first two weeks has felt really great. I feel like I’m off to a really good start.
Room for Change
Although I looove my plans, I am definitely going into this training realizing there has to be room for error, or rather change. I don’t like the word error…
I absolutely do not want to start getting bent out of shape for not following my plan “perfectly.” There is no such thing as perfect. I simply want to focus on progress and do this whole training with a can-do attitude.
I realize some workouts might swap days (as you can see I already did last week). I realize I will probably need more than 1 rest day a week now and then, so when I feel the need, I’m going to allow for more rest. Some days I just might not feel like running or might not have time. I’ve got a couple of vacations planned, so my long runs may have to be rescheduled/moved. And I am totally okay with all of that.
I want to train hard and improve, but I also want to put loving myself and making running a positive experience before anything else.
Questions for You:
- What area of your life do you wish you focused less on “perfect” and more on progress?
- How was your Memorial Day weekend?