Alright you guys, I bit the bullet and signed up for a Half Marathon coming up on August 2nd, eeek! I would like to do one a little farther out, but our summer is already filling up, so this was the best option. And hey, it’s in Huntington Beach so it can’t be that bad!
I’ve done a lot of halves in the past (over 10), but it’s been more than 2 years since my last one….crazy how time flies. Even though I haven’t been training for a race, I still run regularly 3x a week up to 5 miles. So, giving myself 11 weeks to train seems like a do-able challenge. (If it was my first half ever, I’d definitely give myself more time!)
I wanted to share my tentative training plan, and will update on how it’s going. A lot of training programs I’ve seen, suggest running 4-5 days a week. But I know my body responds much better with 3 days of running and 1-2 days of strength. So, take my training program with a grain of salt as everyone is different! And if it’s your first race, I’d suggest training 14-16 weeks.
On my strength days I plan on doing a barre class/DVD & some at home circuits. I will also add in some sprints and intervals during some of my 3 mile runs.
I finished week 1 of the training today and feel pretty good. I can tell my legs are not in running shape yet, but I made it through the 6 miles today at a 9:45 pace. Hopefully I can keep up that pace with the longer runs.
How much time do you give yourself when training for a race? Do you follow a training program?