Sunday, January 8, 2012

2012 Goals - Goal #2: Run a Half Marathon

Keeping in line with my 2012 goals, I've decided to sign up for a half marathon near the end of March (goal #2). Since I'm focused this time around on actually training for a race this time (rather than just building up to the distance and calling it good) I decided to share my workouts weekly with all of you.

Mostly because I love to cheat. I cut out a workout here, and a workout there, and before I know it I only ran half the workouts for the week. Oops.

And I also wanted to start bringing the other half of the title of the blog into my posting as well. Consider it another goal for 2012.


Before I actually start my training, I like to sit down and outline a training plan that goes all the way through the race. I generally start with an already well known plan such as those from Hal Higdon or Runner's World, then tweak them to fit my needs.

Step one is to determine when your race is going to be taking place:
March 31st

Step two is to count backwards to see when the start date is to begin training. For a half marathon, a typical plan is about 12 weeks.
Which of course means that tomorrow kicks off the training!

The original training plan looks like so:
Monday: Stretch & Strengthen
Tuesday: 3 mi run
Wednesday: 5 x 400 @ 5k pace
Thursday: 3 mi run + strength
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 3 mi run
Sunday: 5 mi run

Buuuut, that's not going to work for this kid. So with a bit of rearranging and dabbling, my plan for the week looks like this:
Sunday: Rest
Monday: 3 mi run + yoga
Tuesday: 5 x 400 @ 5k pace
Wednesday: 3 mi run + strength
Thursday: 2 mi run + Indoor Soccer Game
Friday: Rest/Yoga
Saturday: 5 mi run

Yeah. So. We'll see how this goes.


  1. You are so amazing! Let's push each other. Wish we could train together!

  2. Good luck! I want to try to run a 10K sometime. I have only done 5Ks. I'm not a runner unless it's involved in sports like tennis or soccer lol.



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