I realized today that the DC Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon I signed up for a is only 9 1/2 weeks away. YIKES. I ran 8 miles on November 27th (thank you DailyMile) and aside from that I have not ran more than 6 1/2 miles in any given time : ) Woops. I hopped on RunnersWorld.com and used SmartCoach to make a training plan for me. It claims that following it I should be able to run a 1:51, which would be an average pace of 8:32 and a 4 minute PR from my current half time (Zooma Half Marathon). On the books for the week SmartCoach has me doing the following:
Week 1: 21 Miles
|Tue||Jan 8||Easy Run||Dist: 3 Mi @10:06|
|Wed||Jan 9||Rest / XT|
|Thu||Jan 10||Tempo Run||Dist: 6 Mi, inc Warm; 4 Mi @ 8:38; Cool|
|Fri||Jan 11||Easy Run||Dist: 2 Mi @10:06|
|Sat||Jan 12||Rest / XT|
|Sun||Jan 13||Long Run||Dist: 10 Mi @10:06|
I’m not positive if I will actually be able to follow this for a few reasons. Running a 10 min mile doesn’t sound fun… I understand the value of running easier some days and I am definitely the type of person who pretty much has 1 speed. I really don’t vary too much in pace at all, I range between 8:30 and 9:15 pretty habitually. I also think I’d just feel slow! (I am not saying 10 min/miles are slow, this is all relative to me) We will see. I will try to hang at 9 maybe and see how it goes…
I am committed to trying to do this training plan, I have it taped up at work so I make sure to check off the runs and work outs! That 10 miler on Sunday looks daunting to say the least, it will be in the mid 60s on Sunday though so that is awesome.
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Q: Do you use a plan when you train for races? What?
Categories: Half Marathon Training