Two months from today I will be running my 4th half-marathon, the 35th Annual Bidwell Classic in Chico, California. That only means one thing… it’s time to train! For my previous three halfs, I’ve followed a 12-week training plan; however, with three 13.1 mile races under my feet, I feel like I have a strong enough base to train for a half in just over 8 weeks. I know I’m capable of running 13.1 miles tomorrow if I really want to, but if I want to run a fast race, I have some work to do.
I ran my last half in October 2010 in 1:43:21. I wasn’t expecting to beat my previous PR by 16 minutes, but it happened, and my surprising accomplishment got me hungry to run a 1:40 half [7:37 pace]. That’s really fast – at least I think so – but I think having a goal will keep me focused on my training, even if I may be shooting for the moon.
You’ve probably heard me complain about my recent knee pain. The last thing I want is for an injury to prevent me from quality training, and possibly break-up my blissful relationship with running.
the plan for half-marathon #4.
- Run 30-45 min. 3x/week – including interval training
- Cross train at least 2x/week – including yoga, cycling, and strength training
- Long run 1x/week
- Rest 1x/week
Tentative Long Run Schedule:
- Wk 1: 65 min.
- Wk 2: 70 min.
- Wk 3: 75 min.
- Wk 4: 80 min.
- Wk 5: 90 min.
- Wk 6: 80 min.
- Wk 7: 70 min.
- Wk 8: 60 min.
- Week 9: Race Week!
The Main Goal: to steer clear from injury while enjoying another round of training :) I created a new page for my training log – and will also enter my workouts into DailyMile – so you can follow me along my journey if you so wish.
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Speaking of all this training, I completed my long run for Week 1 this morning – 1 down, 7 to go! As you can see, 65 minutes was the tentative plan, but it turned into a 75-minute run… not because I ran farther, but because I ran with a couple of friends and it was a slow, hilly, chatty run ;)
I came home excited to try a new combination with my homemade granola.
Breakfast, oh boy!
1/2 c. cinnamon vanilla granola
1/2 c. 0% plain Oikos
1/2 grated Granny Smith apple
1 T sweetened dried cherries
1 tsp. lemon zest
Love at first bite. Now I must make more granola.
Time to hit the yoga mat + ice my knee.