So, on the 8th September I'll be running 13.1 miles throughout south Warrington. It's only 9 weeks away so training will start in earnest. I've just drafted my training plan. I'm no expert really but I've made this to fit in with my schedule and my current ability. Every Thursday I'll go to running group where we run around 4-5 miles but sometimes change this up. This is also just something to aim for - from previous half marathon training plans I know that sometimes life gets in the way and that I have to skip a work out. But the important thing is I never beat myself up over it. I still managed to finish both races. I'd like to meet a runner who follows a training plan exactly to schedule (other than elite athletes of course!). My main focus will be the long runs, as without building up this distance each week it will be hard to finish in a good time.
My current PB is 2hrs 5 minutes and while I would like to beat that, I'm also going to realistic as wedding planning will obviously be a priority in the final month also.
|1st July||Run 10 mins warm up, 10 mins threshold, 10 mins steady.||Yoga||Gym||Running group||Rest||Rest||Run 6 miles|
|8th July||Run 5 x 5 minutes, 2 minutes rest inbetween||Rest (Birthday!)||Swim am (45 minutes)||Running group||Run 3 miles easy||Rest||Run 7 miles|
|15th July||Gym (1 hr)||Run 5 x 5 minutes, 2 minutes rest inbetween||Strength training||Running group||Rest||Rest||Run 8 miles|
|22nd July||Rest||Yoga||Run 3 mile intervals||Running group||Run 4 miles easy||Rest||Run 9 miles|
|29th July||Gym 45 mins||Run 7 x 5 minutes, 2 minutes rest inbetween||Strength training||Running group||Rest||Park run||Run 10 miles|
|5th August||Run 10 mins warm up, 20 mins threshold, 10 mins steady.||Swim (45 minutes)||Run 6 miles easy||Running group||Gym (1 hr)||Rest||Run 11 miles|
|12th August||Gym/Run 7 x 5 minutes, 2 minutes rest inbetween||Yoga||Rest||Running group||Rest||Rest||Rest|
|19th August||Rest||Run 10 mins warm up, 20 mins threshold, 10 mins steady.||Gym||Running group||Run 7 miles||Rest||Run 13 miles|
|26th August||Gym||Run 10 mins warm up, 25 mins threshold, 10 mins steady.||Strength training||Running group||Park run||Run 6 miles|
|2nd Sept||Gym||Yoga||Run 3 miles||Running group||Rest||Rest||RACE DAY|
This week I also received this ace running tote I ordered from Nicola Rowlands. Yes, yes I do run hills. Lots around Liverpool, it's almost impossible to avoid them where I live actually. The route for the English Half Marathon is also apparently quite undulating so I'll try to incorporate as many hilly routes into my training runs as possible.
I'm actually really excited to start training again and upping the mileage for my next challenge! I'll be recapping each week here and letting you all know how it goes.