I’m a somewhat superstitious person. I’m not superstitious in normal ways, in fact, I walked under 2 ladders in a row the other day, but I am superstitious in other small ways. Like New Year’s Eve. I think the way you ring in the new year (like your emotional state at the time) has an affect on the whole year. So on New Year’s Eve I want to feel good about where my life is going. I want to have exciting things I’m already looking forward to, and I want to be on good terms with all the people in my life.
Well, I just found out I’m superstitious about something else. Half Marathon Training.
Today, my legs feel great. I feel great. I just PR’d in a race yesterday (by 2 minutes!!), and today marks my first official day of my 12 week half marathon training plan, and I’m realizing that I have a very good feeling about this year’s half marathon training, because I feel so good about it right now.
I guess it’s not really about being superstitious as it is about being adequately prepared to start a training cycle, but either way I feel CONFIDENT.
Here is the plan I am going to follow:
And here are the paces I’m hoping to hit:
I based my times, as well as the plan, off of this Runner’s World article: First Half Marathon Training Plan.
This isn’t my first half marathon, and honestly, I don’t think I’d tell a beginner/first time half marathoner to follow this plan. This plan is almost ALL speedwork which can increase your chances for injury (God I hope that sentence doesn’t bite me in the butt 😉 ).
I think this plan fits much better for someone like me. Someone who is running their second or third half marathon and looking to run a faster time than their first (who isn’t?). Also, I think this plan calls for a lot of dedication. Because it only schedules 3 runs a week, it means you really have to make those runs count.
Non-running days (save for Wednesdays, my rest day) will be a lot of cardio/strength/cross-training all together. Luckily, the classes that I take at Lithe Method fit that bill perfectly.
I’m a little nervous about some of the higher mileage tempo runs, but I’m hoping to ride my high of “I can do it!” from my 5k. I’m also a little nervous about going too hard too fast, but that is something I will have to continually evaluate as I continue the plan.
Anyway, here is what I did this past week. As I had said before, I took it easy this past week because my legs were definitely feeling it. I think this week is a reminder that taking the rest your body needs pays off.
I love doing these weekly check-ins with you all. It keeps me motivated and accountable: two things that lead to success!
Do you have any running related superstitions? What are you currently training for?