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The Beginning of Half Marathon Training

The week after I announce that I’ve registered for a half marathon, I’m struggling to fit even three workouts (of any kind) in this week. I’m admitting that because, while I’m generally a scheduled person, I have weeks that don’t go as planned. I want to go to happy hour. I want to sleep for an extra hour. I feel comfortable letting myself rest some weeks more than others because I think balance is important.

However, when you sign up to run 13.1 miles, you’re committing to train for them. Although next week is a busy one and I’m traveling to South Carolina for Thanksgiving the following week, here’s proof that I’m committing. I have a plan to fit 12 workouts into the last two weeks of the month. This will lead me up until official training begins with Team in Training for the race.

Cycling on MON — 45-60 minutes of indoor cycling to build endurance. The studios I frequent also offer a hand weights section during class. I’ll be visiting SWERVE and Revolve.
Interval Training on WED — 45-60 minutes of efficient cardio and strength intervals to build key muscles used while running. I’ll be visiting Refine Method, As One, and Exceed Physical Culture.
Running on TUES/THUR/SAT/SUN — 30-45 minutes of lighter running to help me find my pace and ease into longer runs in December. I’ll be somewhere in Central Park. I love the Reservoir!
No Workouts on FRI — Because taking a day off is necessary. And everyone deserves it.

Half Marathon - November Training

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1 Comment

  • Reply Kayla

    looks like a well rounded plan to me! the only other thing would be added in a bit a yoga.

    While I was training over the summer I aimed for 2 days of strength (usually at uplift), 2 days of “short” runs + barre class on those days, a random “fun day” with spin, cardio dance, or something else and 1 long run. I always meant to go to yoga weekly and but it didn’t happen nearly as often as I would’ve liked.

    November 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm
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