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Half-Marathon Training…Take 2

Posted Mar 03 2013 11:27am

You might remember that not too long ago {back in October} I should have run my first half-marathon . Unfortunately I got sick the week before the big race and could only stand on the sidelines cheering on my brother and sister instead of running myself.

Even though I was really mad for not being able to take part in the race I knew exactly that come April I’d have another chance at running a half-marathon. This time around I intend to actually run it!

So, 7 weeks from today I will run my first half-marathon. I’m not actually worried about not being able to run the distance because I know I’ve run 15km +  on more than one occasion but I still want to train for it. For the last half-marathon my sister and I both followed the Hal Higdon 12-week plan which gave us a good guideline of what we were meant to be doing each day. Since I basically ran throughout the winter and tried to do a long run at the weekends whenever possible I didn’t feel like I needed to start my training 3 months before the race. 8 weeks seemed to make more sense.

This week was the first week of my training. Below is the training plan that I created for myself. Obviously I’ll be trying to stick to it as closely as possible but if I skip a run or add an extra rest day one week it wouldn’t really matter either. What’s most important to me is that I do one long run per week.

As you can see I’ve scheduled my long runs for Sundays. I’ve always done my long runs on that day but I may need to start swapping my (active) rest from Tuesday to Mondays, especially as runs become longer and my muscles need more time for recovery.

Although it’s not stated anywhere on the plan I intend to incorporate weight training the coming 8 weeks. My usual gym routine always includes some kind of circuit or weight training and I know that targeting muscles other than my legs can have a beneficial effects on my running. I do my shorter runs on the treadmill at the gym and depending how much time I have left I’ll do some exercises with weights.

Tuesday’s are an optional rest day. I might not go to the gym but I still want to do some kind of lighter training, maybe a yoga class or 30-minutes of stretching. Thursday’s I always do Pilates during my lunch break. It’s basically a bit of light stretching matched with exercises that really target your abs which I love. And Saturday’s are my official rest days. I still won’t spend these in bed all day but it’s the only day of the week that I actually get stuff done since shops are closed on Sundays so I really need that one day to squeeze in all my errands.

I would like to point out that I am not a certified trainer or anything like that but I felt the need to post this to keep myself accountable throughout the next 7 weeks.

As you can see from the plan today I was supposed to run 10K. Before setting off I quickly created a route that looked interesting and it actually summed up to 10.57km

It wasn’t a particular hard run but it was sunny for change which was extremely energizing. Please not that the starting/ finishing position on the map below is not my home address. For privacy reasons I’d like to keep that a secret {unless of course you want to send me presents!}

If you’re a runner or currently training for a race I’d love to hear which training plan you are following. This definitely won’t be my last race so it’s good to try out different training methods every once in a while!

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