my latest training plan

This year, in preparation for the upcoming Rock the Parkway half marathon, I am really, seriously following a training plan. It’s not that I’ve never used a training plan before, but I’ve always “bent” them quite a bit- maybe, adjusting interval times, or repeating a week, that kind of thing. Until this year- this year, I have a training plan.

Week Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Total Miles Run
Jan. 22-28 Rest 2 miles Rest 2.5 miles Rest 3 miles 2 easy miles 9.5 miles
Jan. 29-4 Rest 2 miles Rest 3 miles CT or Rest 4 miles 2.5 easy miles 11.5 miles
Feb. 5-11 Rest 2.5 miles 2 miles 3 miles CT or Rest 5 miles 2 easy miles 14.5 miles
Feb. 12-18 Rest 3 miles Rest 4 miles CT or Rest 6 miles 3 easy miles 16 miles
Feb. 19-25 Rest 3 miles 3 miles 3 miles CT or Rest 7 miles 3 easy miles 19 miles
Feb. 26-3 Rest 4 miles 3 miles 4 miles CT or Rest 8 miles 3 easy miles 22 miles
Mar. 4-10 Rest 4 miles Rest 4 miles CT or Rest 9 miles 3 easy miles 20 miles
Mar. 11-17 Rest 4 miles 3 miles 3 miles CT or Rest 10 miles 3 easy miles 23 miles
Mar. 18-24 Rest 5 miles 3 miles 4 miles CT or Rest 11 miles Rest 23 miles
Mar. 25-31 3 easy miles 4 miles Rest 3 miles CT or Rest 12 miles 3 easy miles 25 miles
Apr. 1-7 Rest 4 miles Rest 3 miles CT or Rest 5 miles 2.5 easy miles 14.5 miles
Apr. 8-14 Rest 2 miles 20 minutes Rest 20 minutes Rest Race Day! 13.1 miles 15.1 miles + 40 minutes

This is my training plan. And, I’m proud to say I have been largely following it. The only exception was last week, when I was sick, and I cut back on my running. I felt terribly guilty about it, but I think it was a good thing- though that’s a post for another day.

This has been a bit trickier that it looks. I took another plan and tweaked it to create this. I’ve discovered that most runners like to do their weekly long run on Sunday, and while I understand their reasoning, personally I do not like to run on Sunday. I go to church on Sunday, and that’s just a very important part of my life, so I purposefully make Sunday a “rest” or “easy run” day. I also do not like to do my long runs on Saturday, as the weekends are my only chance during the week to spend time with my parents. I still run on Saturday, but usually nothing more than an hour. So I had to adjust this plan to put my long runs on Friday, because that’s what works for me.

I also made Tuesday primarily a rest/CT day, because the yoga class I really enjoy is on Tuesdays. It’s not a problem for me to run a little bit after the yoga class (like this week, I ran 2.66 miles on a treadmill), but I really don’t want to do an extremely challenging workout after yoga.

So, I educated myself, read several half-marathon training plans, and created this plan. Just to be sure, I showed it to a friend who is a personal trainer, and she said it is just right. And the best part is that I’ve been following this plan. It hasn’t been easy- and I haven’t even gotten to the hard part yet!- but it’s been good. 🙂