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.
Tuesday: 2 mile easy
Wednesday: rest *cross train*
Thursday: 5 mile tempo run
Friday: rest *cross train*
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!