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Sub 2-Hour Half Marathon Training Plan

Posted Sep 25 2012 7:30am
I have a goal of running a half marathon under 2 hours.

I've come so close to running 13.1 under the two-hour mark.  So close. But I didn't finish with the magical "1" in front of my time.  I'm still pushing.

I'm running the Women's Half Marathon on November 18 in St. Petersburg.  Yes, my goal for the race is to finish under 2-hours, but I'm not putting too much pressure on myself.  For example, "OMG - I have to finish this race in under 2 hours of everyone who reads my blog will think I'm a loser." That would be too much pressure.  That's not what I'm doing.  I tried that.   It ended like this .
I'm focused on the journey.  I love training for a half marathon.  I love the structure and the anticipation. The actual race days scares the crap out of me.  There are so many variables that I can't control.  What I can control is my training.
Here's a look at my "Sub-2 Hour Half Marathon Training Plan"
I'm currently at week 7.

I hesitated to post my plan, because I didn't want people to think I was saying, "Here want to run under 2 hours? Do this." Please understand this about my plan
  • It was designed for ME.  The runs are planned according to my crazy schedule.
  • I started the plan with two 5 mile runs under my belt.
  • I don't run a lot.  I run 2 times a week and most people would run more.  My body doesn't like to run more.  It likes to lift weights, foam roll, and rest.  So I do that.
  • I use a version of the " Galloway method " on my long runs and walk for 60 seconds every 10 minutes after mile 3.
This is my road map to November 18.  I'm nervous just typing that sentence.  
I thought I said "no pressure"?

What's your running goal this season?

Love and 1600m journeys,
Carissa & Kyle

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