Woohoo! My first half marathon of the year is in six weeks! It's about time to start training, you think?
It's not as bad as it sounds. For the past 6 months, I've been running between 20 and 30ish miles a week with my long runs being between 8 and 13 miles. I'm in good shape. My "training plan" is pretty much maintenance with speed work.
Speaking of training plan...I don't have one. Not an official one, anyway. I searched for training plans online and I couldn't find anything that met my needs. I don't need a plan that builds from zero, so the ready-made plans from Hal Higdon's website weren't going to work for me and when I put my information into Runner's World's Smart Coach, the plan it spit out involved running 13 miles every weekend for 10 weeks. What?! That just didn't sound like a smart thing to do.
I'm left to my own devices, I suppose. (Please note: I am not a running coach. I am not certified to create training plans. The only "expertise" I have is knowing what has worked and what has not worked for me in the past. I am not suggesting to y'all that you should go make up your own training plan.) I wrote a "plan" that started in January, not because I started training for my half marathon in January, but because I tend to do better when I have a plan and I'm not just winging it every day. When I go to bed at night, I like to know what I'm doing in the morning. That's my Type A coming out. Randy calls me anal retentive. I call myself prepared. That's my story...
Since I spent my whole 2012 summer injured, I'm being extremely careful to not cause another sucky injury that will keep me from doing the things I love. After my hip healed last summer, I've been sure to follow these rules to avoid another injury:
- I run fast once a week. Every other day I run at a conversational pace.
- Every fourth week, I recover. No speed and I shorten all runs.
- My long run does not exceed the number of miles I run throughout the week.
- I have at least one run in the middle of the week that is at least half the distance of my weekend long run.
Today marks day 1 of ORRRC half marathon training....aaaaand there is no running on day 1. Mondays are strength/cross training days. I'll be sure to kick butt on day 2.
Are you training for anything right now?
Where do you find your training plans?