It’s time to plan the first month of Energy City Half Marathon training. Check out my goals and how I’m approaching the first four weeks.
New year, new goals, right?! Definitely. 😉 There is only one half marathon in my region — The Energy City Half Marathon. Last year, I ran the 10K, but this year I wanted to go all in. When they pushed out a discount code right around Christmas, I figured I should go ahead and sign up, so I did!
Today, I wanted to share a quick overview of my training plan for the first four weeks, as well as my goals for training!
In my last round of training, I followed a Jeff Galloway plan. The run/walk/run was great, but the 18-week cycle was too much for me. I hit burn out about 12 weeks in, so this time I’m going with a 12-week plan. I meshed together a plan of my own from Hal Higdon’s HM3 and his Intermediate 2 plans. The mileage ramps up pretty quickly, but I’m ready for it!
I know I have to keep my workouts varied to keep the boredom at bay, so I’m working in strength as I always do. I will probably pull two-a-days a couple of days a week, but if I can’t fit it all in, that’s ok. An ideal week would have me hitting every body part in some way or another twice, with a day of active rest in the form of yoga. Two things I want to work on in my strength workouts as well as running workouts are A) core activation, and B) glute/hamstring activation. These are both physical weaknesses I have that play a huge role in my effectiveness as a runner. I recognize this and I plan to work toward improving them and hopefully improve my performance as a runner overall.
Another goal I have for this training cycle is to give myself grace. I hope to do this by planning my workouts at the beginning of each week and trying not to stress if I don’t hit every single workout. My type-A doesn’t leave a lot of room for grace, so I know that’s going to be a work in progress. 🙂
I started Monday (talk about a Happy New Year!), so check back on Sunday for an update on how the first week of training went.