Monday, February 6, 2012

Let the Training Begin!

Here we go! 
I have been counting down the days until we start training. Something about having a purpose or an end goal to it all makes me want to literally, go the extra mile. So Katie and I thought we'd share with you each Monday our goals/training plan for the week, and also reflect on the previous week. You can see more about my training plan here.

Week one:

Monday: rest
Tuesday: 2 mile easy 
Wednesday: rest   *cross train*
Thursday: 5 mile tempo run
Friday: rest      *cross train*
Saturday: rest
Sunday: 6 miles long run
total: 13 miles

I am having a hard time with how slow my easy runs are suppose to be. Even though I put in my recent paces for my 5k, it has me running an 11:30 minute mile. I know you are not suppose to "race" until race day. But it is really hard for me to trust that if I am slowing down that much for all my long runs and easy runs, that a 11:30 minute mile will be my new pace. Any experienced plan-followers out there have tips/encouragement/thoughts about the slow runs in your training schedule?


Well I am not nearly as organized or structured as Jess (I wish I was!), and due to my personal schedule it's not always possible for me to stick to a strict training routine. Therefore, I plan to set weekly goals for myself based on Hal Higdon's Intermediate Half Marathon Training Guide. I am feeling pretty good because this is a 12 week training program and we have 13 or 14 (depending on which half we do) weeks until race day! My goal is run at least 3 times a week, 4 if I can, but I will be happy with 3. In addition to running I will do a workout video once a week and some intentional focus on abs/stretching/strength once a week (probably while watching Biggest Loser on Tuesday nights...a perfect time to do these things and be entertained!).  With that said, here are my goals for the week:

  • I plan to run 3 miles twice and 4 miles once, if I can work in a speed workout on another day, I will be pretty happy about it! 
  • I will do my Jillian Michaels workout video which includes strength training.
  • I will use my Tuesday evening watching Biggest Loser and to do an abs/stretch/strengthen workout for a minimum of 45 minutes. 
Check in next week to see how I did! 



  1. Happy training guys! I also like having a goal to work for. I think it makes it easier to stick to it.

  2. 13 mile long run for your first week of half marathon training? You are going for it!

    1. No, I think that's "total" miles for the week, for Jess, not at one time. That would be intense!

    2. ha! no, not quite yet! I would die!

  3. Good luck on your training, Katie! What Half Marathon did you decide on?

    I'm working toward the Eugene Half. Not doing a "training plan" but my basic plan looks like this:
    Saturday - long run (8-12 miles, depends on week)
    Sunday - easy 3-4 mile run, weights or pilates
    Monday - easy 3-4 miles
    Tuesday - Morning weights; evening track workout with Team Athena, usually about 6-8 miles with lots of speed
    Wednesday - rest of cross train on elliptical
    Thursday - tempo run, hills, or something a little challenging
    Friday - rest or weights

    I'm sure I am supposed to have more miles but it just doesn't fit in my busy schedule.

    1. Good job, Aurora! That's an ambitious training schedule, good for you! More miles? No way, that's more than enough especially for a half that isn't taking place until May. We are doing a Half in May and the big reveal will be soon! If you can already run 8-12 miles then you could run a half tomorrow if you had to. Way to work for it!