I Have Lost My Mind Again!

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Yep, I have decided to train for another half marathon this year!  For those of you who don’t know, I finished my 1st half-marathon this past February.  Some of the ladies and I finished the Disney Princess Half-Marathon (so much fun by the way!!).  We didn’t go for time, as we just wanted to finish! Here is a pic of all of us afterwards.  

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After I crossed this off my bucket list, I realized that I was hooked…  So when my friend, Ana, mentioned running the Atlanta Half, I immediately said, “yes, please!”  I have always wanted to run the Thanksgiving Day half-marathon, so I can really earn my Thanksgiving feast!  Yes, I said feast!  Dietitians have to splurge sometimes, too… πŸ˜‰ And here we are a little over 9 weeks out from the race!  So, here is my training schedule:

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1 (9/17-9/23) Strength Train Cycling Rest Run 3 miles Cycling/Run 3-4 miles 5 miles Rest
2 (9/24-9/30) Strength Train Cycling or Run 3-4 miles Strength Train Run 3-4 miles Cycling/Run 3-4 miles 6 miles Rest
3 (10/1 – 10/7) Strength Train Cycling or Run 4-5 miles Strength Train Rest Cycling or Run 4-5 miles 7 miles Rest
4 (10/8 – 10/14) Strength Train Cycling or Run 4-5 miles Strength Train Rest 8 miles Rest Strength/Cross
5 (10/15-10/21) Strength Train Cycling or Run 4-5 miles Strength Train Cycling/Run 3-4 miles Cycling or Run 4-5 miles 10 miles Rest
6 (10/22-10/28) Strength Train Run 5-6 miles Strength Train Cycling/Run 3-4 miles Run 5-6 miles 12 miles Rest
7 (10/29-11/4) Strength Train Run 5-6 miles Strength Train Cycling/Run 3-4 miles Rest 13 miles Rest
8 (11/5-11/11) Strength Train Run 5-6 miles Strength Train Cycling/Run 3-4 miles Rest 14 miles Rest
9 (11/12 – 11/18) Strength Train Run 6 miles Strength Train Cycling/Run 3-4 miles Rest 12 miles Rest
10 (11/19-11/22) Strength Train 3-4 miles REST RACE DAY!!!      

I tried to come up with a realistic schedule that was specific, yet flexible.  We did the Kaiser Permanente Corporate run/walk last week as sort-of a kick-off to training. We did the 5k in 33 minutes. That wasn’t too bad, but I want to improve my time for this half. Tomorrow is cycling/3-4 mile run day!  I put cycling on there as my cross-train day because I feel as if cycling really helped my endurance when running at Disney.  

Writing this blog post will help keep me accountable for my training.  I am typically pretty good at keeping a regular workout schedule, but sometimes there are just “other” things to do πŸ™‚  

Let the countdown begin…

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