Half-Marathon Countdown Begins…

by Holly on April 30, 2009

in running

As some of you may know, I’ve made the utterly crazy decision to run two half-marathons in two weeks!  Why, you may ask, embark on such silliness?  (A) I’m bad at saying no (but that’s a whole other issue…) and (B) I NEVER back down from a challenge!

So…exactly 26 days from today, I will be running the MADISON 1/2 MARATHON in my old stomping grounds of Madison, Wis. and exactly 7 days after that, you will (hopefully) see me crossing the finish line of the first ever MINNEAPOLIS 1/2 MARATHON.  This calls for some organized training, if I do say so myself!

I’m currently in week 5 of training, and here is what I have planned for the next 3 1/2 weeks.  Most weeks include 1 short run, 1 medium run and then the biggie long run.  This seems to be a good amount of running for me, leaving me enough time for yoga (to stretch those tired muscles) and another day of cardio or so.

Week #5     4 miles     6 miles     10 miles (tomorrow!)
Week #6     5 miles     6 miles     11 miles
Week  #7    5 miles     7 miles     12 miles
Week #8     3 miles     5 miles     Rest (Sunday: RACE DAY!)
Week #9     Rest         4 miles     3 miles (Sunday: RACE DAY!)

For more training plans, check out Grandma’s Marathon Training Plan (1/2 or full-marathon) or Hal Higdon (1/2 or full-marathon).  Look around, experiment and find a good plan that works for YOU, without driving you too insane (if that’s even possible!).

Do you have any fitness goals for this year?  Mine are to finish these two half-marathons, then potentially train for a full marathon in the fall!

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