It’s time for Training
Tuesday Thursday again! I’m excited to just be titling this post, because it feels like forever I was on track for anything running related! This should be a Training Tuesday, and it’s Thursday – you can tell I’m a little behind
I’m signed up for the Columbus Half marathon on Oct 15th. The race weekend has become sort of an annual tradition for Alan and I. It’s also an “adults only” race weekend for us, so we get to go the “big city” AND leave the kids home.
Since I’ve been on the struggle bus this year with my running, I’ve decided to not make the mistake of setting my goal high, and overtraining and getting all bummed out by my performance. I Googled “low mileage half marathon training plan” and was happy to find a newer plan from Hal Higedon (HM3). The description of “seasoned runners with a history of getting injured” sounded just like what I needed, so I’m going with it. The plan calls for only 3 days a week of running, with several days of cross training. The cross training is 45-60 mins of cross training, so I’ll need to get serious about that and not blow those days off. I will be challenged mentally by running so few days a week, but I’m hoping it will be my ticket to getting to the start line injury free! Oh, and I’m hoping so few weekly miles will get me prepared enough. Time will tell!!
Oh, and there really isn’t any speedwork involved. There are a few tempo runs, but no intervals. That was a determining factor in picking this plan too. I’m not gunning for any goal time, so that’s fine with me. I don’t even know what my goal pace will be yet! I just need to get back to that happy spot with my running again (where my body agrees with the plan!).
I entered all of my plan into my Google calendar, and started out with 8 weeks to race day. It is written as a 12 week plan, but I purposely cut 4 weeks out of the plan and waited as long as I thought I could so that my body is [hopefully] recovering a bit from the hamstring issues. I used to think I was always “half marathon ready” but lately that just isn’t the case. (it’s ok, really it is!) If I somehow feel super great 4 weeks from now, maybe I’ll add another day of running, but I don’t expect that to happen. Keeping the mileage low is my goal. That is really a huge change in mindset than what I’m used to doing!
I’m happy to report that Day 1 went well. I ran 5 miles and didn’t look at my watch until the end. I want to keep my runs easy and enjoyable. 5 miles was no piece of cake since I haven’t run that far in a while, but it wasn’t a huge push for me either. I’ll recap the rest of the week on my normal Training Tuesday.
No matter what my pace, I’ve come to peace with it. Let’s hear it for getting healthy and enjoying running again!
Q: Do you use a paper planner, or an online calendar like Google?
I use Google, but also the Cozi app/website. Cozi is a lifesaver in keeping me organized! I *love* paper planners though, but I need to be digital.
Q: Have you ever used a Hal Higdon training plan?
I think I used one for my first half or maybe full marathon. It’s been a while though!
Q: How many days a week do you like to run?