Guess what guys!
It’s officially time for me to get back into RACE TRAINING!!!
I’m excited to announce that I will be running the Black Cat Ten Miler on March 2nd. The race is approximately 5 weeks away, which means that this girl has really got to start getting her RUN on!
Would I feel slightly more comfortable if I had a little bit more time to train? Probably, but fortunately, I feel that I have a decent base, and am finally ready to dive head first into training!
For my last long distance race I loosely followed Hal Higdon’s Novice Half-Marathon Plan. Since I had never run anything more than 6 miles at that point, I figured that it would be a good idea for me to follow a well-known plan that has had proven success.
Now that I have one long distance race under my belt, I definitely feel more prepared on what to expect throughout my training and on race day.
The plan I made up is simply a plan that I feel will work for me, considering the time I have and my daily routine. I am not a professional by any means, therefore I would advise you to consult an expert before starting any kind of new fitness plan.
When I trained for my first half-marathon, I barely incorporated any strength training into my plan. I am sure this put me at a disadvantage, so I am very interested to find out how this may enhance my overall performance and recovery time.
Although I am going to try to stay as true to my plan as I can, I know that I won’t be able to follow it to a tee (which I am ok with).
I chose 3 miles as my during the week distance, because I feel that is the most realistic number of miles for me to run after work and on a treadmill.
Which brings me to my next point–most of my runs will be done on the treadmill.
Is this ideal? No, but seeing as the temperatures in New England have been in the single digits this week, and it is dark out by the time I am home from work, it’s just going to have to be that way.
Hopefully we will have some nice weekends (and race day weather!) this way I can log some miles outside too!
I view training plans as a guide, not something that is set in stone. Sometimes life gets in the way, and if I can’t make every single run or class happen, so be it! I’m just excited to finally get back into running and race mode. Here we go!
Are you currently training for any races?
Do you/how do you incorporate strength training int your plan?