I have to be honest here -
I have run two half marathons but I have never used a training plan. Pretty much for all my races I have never used a training plan. I guess after playing high school and college sports for over 10 years I didn't want to be told what to run. I wanted to wake up and just go with what I felt like that day.
My first half marathon was kind of an accident. I found out my best friend (and Maid of Honor!) was running a half and so I signed up to run with her for moral support.
My second half I was supposed to run the following year ( in 2009), but I was injured and so I pushed off my entry until the next year (2010). Well that was a horrible race and now I am ready for redemption and a training plan!
Last summer, a co-worker convinced me to join a local running club. I had always wanted to join but never had the confidence. I showed up to practice and met some great girls and after training with them for over 6 months, I asked the coach if he would come up with a specific training plan for me.
When I saw the email from my coach in my inbox I was SO EXCITED! I love numbers, paces and workouts! I am so excited for this training plan because it is aggressive and challenging!
Here is the basic setup for each week:
Wednesday: Easy Recovery
Saturday: Long Run
For me right now, a 5 day running week is best. At my current level of fitness and endurance my body likes running 5 days and having the other days to rest or cross train. This plan allows for a lot of flexibility in my running days. I basically have three keys workouts - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The other days are just junk miles that I have to get in but the key to those is running them slow - something I have had trouble with in the past!
Here is the whole plan - its is 12 weeks and includes a total of three races including my goal race on May 1st.
** Last week in a post I mentioned that I am a "low mileage runner". Generally in my training for the past 5-6 years I have stayed around 18-22 miles per week. Currently I am around 20 miles a week and with the training plan I will go above 30 miles a week.