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Half Marathon Training

July 27, 2011

I start Half Marathon training next week!

I have been looking forward to this all summer, if not before that. I am excited about the challenge that lies ahead of me. I am nervous about pushing my body to new limits. I am hopeful that it is everything that I hope it will be.

After looking into several different training options, I decided to go with this one.

Week

Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Total

1

8/1-8/7

1.5

2

3

Off or 1

2

4

Off or 1

12.5

2

8/8-8/14

1

2

3

Off or 1

2

4

Off or 1

12.5

3

8/15-8/21

2

1

4

Off or 1

2

5

Off or 1.5

14

4

8/22-8/28

2

1

4

Off or 1

2

5

Off or 1.5

14

5

8/29-9/4

3

1.5

5

Off or 1.5

2

6

Off or 2

17.5

6

9/5-9/11

3

1.5

5

Off or 1.5

2

6

Off or 2

17.5

7

9/12-9/18

4

2

5

Off or 2

2

7

Off or 2

20

8

9/19-9/25

4

2

5

Off or 2

2

7

Off or 2

20

9

9/26-10/2

3

2

5

Off or 2

3

8

Off or 2

21

10

10/3-10/9

4

2

5

Off or 2

2

9

Off or 2

22

11

10/10-10/16

2

6

Off or 2

3

2

10

Off or 2

23

12

10/17-10/23

3

2

6

Off or 2

3

11

Off or 2

25

13

10/24-10/30

3

6

Off or 2

4

2

11

Off or 2

26

14

10/31-11/6

4

2

6

Off or 2

2

13

Off or 2

27

15

11/7-11/13

5

3

6

Off or 2

2

10

Off or 2

26

16

11/14-11/20

5

2

4

Off or 2

2-3

Rest or 2

RACE DAY

 

It is the Nutrilite Intermediate Half Marathon Plan.

I chose it for a few reasons.

1-My roommate used it when he trained for his first half marathon and it worked well for him.

2-It is easy to follow.

3-It is a long and slow build up, which I need to prevent myself from any injury. I don’t want to risk anything with the knee problems and ITB problems I’ve had in the past.

 

It looks like a lot of running when it is laid out like that, but I will most likely take the off days. I am hoping to also add in some strength training and possibly some Yoga if I can find a class around here that isn’t too expensive. Does anyone have any good strength training tips?

There will also be a few races thrown in there on Saturdays, but I think the mileage fits in right for the Quarter Marathon Double (5K + Quarter Marathon) and the Tulsa Run (15K). If not, I will make it work somehow.

 

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2011 4:56 pm

    Looks like a great schedule. This will definitely prepare you for the half. It will be a breeze. Our training never consisted of an actual 13 mile run, which I don’t think hurt us too much. I agree with wanting to keep up the strength training. We actually didn’t lose a lot of weight training for our first half because we didn’t cross train enough. I think it would be good to do yoga and strength.

  2. July 27, 2011 6:55 pm

    the schedule looks awesome! definitely take the day off each week from running, though, and give yourself a break! When I trained for my half, our training plan only had us running 3 days a week and doing major strength training the other days with at least 1-2 days of yoga a week mixed in. I truly believe all of the leg work my friend had us do was the key to me not feeling fatigued as I ran (following her plan was the only time I ever have run where I didn’t feel exhausted and wiped by the end of each run…I actually had tons of energy and my body never got tired! I credit it all to the strength training!) You are going to be awesome, though, and will feel so proud when you finish!!

    • July 27, 2011 11:44 pm

      Thanks! I definitely need to work out some kind of strength training plan so that I will stick to it. I know it’s important, but I have trouble sticking with it because I’d rather be running 🙂

  3. July 29, 2011 1:15 pm

    That’s great!!! I’m with you. I need a slow long build up too. I love that you plan on running a 13 ahead of time – it’s good experience for your half… you’ll figure out what works and what doesn’t! Plus your confidence will be boosted. When is your half?

  4. July 29, 2011 8:03 pm

    I like that it has a 13, too. I think it will help me to go into the race completely prepared. The Half is November 19. I’m super excited!

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