It’s not quite spring but I’ve officially begun training for my spring half marathon – the Chicago Spring Half Marathon! Last week I “accidentally” spent hours doing research and creating what I deem is an elaborate training plan.
It’s certainly ambitious too…the paces the online calculators spit out for me are ones I haven’t comfortably conquered yet. Even the pace I’m “training for” (I use quotes because it’s my ambitious/motivational goal and not necessarily the realistic one) to run the half at – 8:30 min/mile – is slightly overreaching. But I know I won’t be too stringent with myself if I cannot hit all the required paces. The tempo run pace in particular practically killed me when I attempted it, but I’m remaining optimistic.
Highlights of the training plan:
– running 4 times per week: 1 easy run, 1 speed-work day, 1 tempo run, 1 long slow run
– strength training 3 times per week
– cross-training 1 day per week
– 2 rest days
I initially planned on 2 cross-training days and only 1 day of rest, but ultimately decided to err on the side of caution and avoid the potential of burnout. This is also the first time since 2012 that I’ll be running 4 days per week, with 2 back-to-back days. I’m nervous because this has almost always led to injuries in the past, but I’ve been feeling good so far *knock on wood* and believe that strength training + cross-training is keeping me healthy.
Speaking of strength training, this is a bit half-assed for me because I honestly have no idea what I’m doing. I lift weights, do weighted squats and lunges, and make sure to include some PT exercises (clamshells, leg raises, plank). And that’s about it. I’m open to suggestions!
On another note, the 200m and 400m interval speed form pace that the online calculator gave me (6:51 min/mile) feels a bit easy. I ended up changing it to be around the paces I ran the intervals last month, but I’m worried this will be too intense for my body. Thoughts? How do people usually determine how fast to run their intervals?
(dedication = running intervals on a treadmill because it’s snowing sideways outside)
This formal training should be fun, I’m so ready! Now, if only the weather would cooperate…