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.
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… 😉 And here we are a little over 9 weeks out from the race! So, here is my training schedule:
|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 🙂
Let the countdown begin…