I have been running regularly for awhile now. I am constantly looking for a new challenge. I first started with the Couch-to-5K and ran my first 5K since having my in early September. I have since set my sights on the Rock ‘N Roll Marathon in Savannah, GA in November 2011. That is a year away. I need a smaller goal to keep me focused in the meantime. I started thinking of doing a half-marathon sometime in the late winter or early spring but I couldn’t find one close to my home. I finally came upon the Tybee Island Half-Marathon on February 5, 2011. It is a bit close for comfort but I am confident that with dedication, focus, and a solid plan that I can finish my first half-marathon. I have twelve weeks to get there. (Note: I wouldn’t be attempting this if I weren’t already running regularly and steadily building mileage).
I created a training plan by combining the training plans of Jeff Galloway and Hal Higdon. I needed something that would provide a steady increase in mileage but would also take into account a busy holiday season with family travels and also a busy schedule during the week. My husband is very busy at work and can’t guarantee he’ll be home to watch our son in time for me to fit in a run in the evening. So, I needed something that I can do on the road or on the treadmill at our local YMCA. The long runs will be on either Saturday or Sunday depending on that particular weekend’s schedule. So far I enjoy dong my long runs at a local park that has a mile long loop. It does get a bit dull at times but I can park my car by the path and basically self-support myself with water, wardrobe changes, and food when needed.
Here is my training schedule for the next twelve weeks:
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3 miles around the neighborhood or on the YMCA treadmill
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: Cross-training such as squats and push-ups
Weekends: Long runs that steadily increase in mileage. The long runs start this weekend (11/13-14) and continue to the weekend before the Half-Marathon (1/29-30). I do follow the Jeff Galloway method of run/walk intervals during my long runs. I generally use the 3:1 (3 minutes running/ 1 minute walking) interval split and I find that I stay strong the entire distance and I maintain a good pace when I do this.
Here is the mileage for each weekend:
11/13: 4 miles
11/20: 7 miles
11/27: 4 miles
12/4: 8 miles
12/11: 9 miles
12/18: 10 miles
12/25: 6 miles
1/1: 10 miles
1/8: 11 miles
1/15: 6 miles
1/22: 12 miles
1/29: 8 miles
Since I am going to run this Half-Marathon to finish and I am not trying for a certain time goal (well, within 3.5 hours to beat the cut-off), I am not worried about not going over 13.1 miles in my training. The Half-Marathon will be a fun training day with beautiful scenery.
I look forward to following this schedule and fulfilling a dream of running a half-marathon. It will be tough but I am confident I can do if I just stay focused.