Time is marching on, and I am having to start to think about a training plan. This is something that makes the whole adventure seem a little more “real”. My once-a-week run is no longer going to be adequate, and will no longer have the excuse of “I can’t be bothered” if I fail to go out for a run.
I have two actual half marathon events during the training run – the Alloa Half Marathon on the 18th of March, and the rather frightening-sounding Heaven and Hell race two weeks later, on 8th April. Apparently its title comes from the heavenly flat parts of the run, and the hellish three-mile climb near the end of the race! The profile below doesn’t have distances, but it’s certainly scary!
So… after all the waffle, here is the plan:
|1||06-Feb||Rest||3 mile easy||Rest||3 mile easy||Rest||3 mile easy||7 mile slow jog/walk||16|
|2||13-Feb||Rest||3 mile easy||Rest||4 mile easy||Rest||3 mile easy||10 mile slow jog/walk||20|
|3||20-Feb||Rest||5 mile easy, with few faster stretches||Rest||5 mile easy||Rest||3 mile easy||12 mile slow||22|
|4||27-Feb||Rest||5 mile easy||Rest||Run to hill, 9 x 40s uphill & jog back. Run home||Rest||3 mile easy||10 mile easy||>15|
Start slow, then 6 faster bursts between 2 lampposts, cool down jog
|Rest||Hill session as last week with one extra rep||Rest||4 mile easy||13 miles easy||>23|
Start slow, build up pace
|Rest||7 mile easy||Rest||5 mile inc some fast 200m bursts||Alloa Half Marathon||31|
3 x 10 mins with faster bursts
Brisk walking between
Cool down brisk walk
|Rest||6 mile easy with few surges||Rest||Warm up.
3 miles brisk.
|15-16 miles. Very Easy
|8||26-Mar||Rest||5 mile easy, with few faster stretches||Rest||7 mile easy||Rest||3 mile easy||Heaven and Hell Half Marathon||28|
|9||02-Apr||Rest||6 mile steady||Rest||8 mile easy||Rest||Warm up.
3 miles brisk.
|10||09-Apr||Rest||5 miles easy
Few fast strides
|Rest||9 miles easy||Rest||3 miles easy||11-13 miles easy jog/walk||29|
6 x 45s fast, 3 min jog.
Finish faster for last 10 mins
|Rest||3 mile easy||18 mile jog/walk||>27|
|12||23-Apr||Rest||5 mile easy||Rest||9 mile easy||Rest||3 mile easy||13 mile jog/walk or
|13||30-Apr||Rest||6 mile steady||Rest||8 mile easy||Rest||3 mile easy||20mile endurance jog / walk. Prepare drinks in advance||37|
|14||07-May||Rest||8 miles steady||Rest||6 mile easy||Rest||3 mile brisk||10-12 mile jog / walk||28|
|15||14-May||Rest||6 mile steady||Rest||5 mile easy||Rest||3 mile easy||10 mile easy.
Practise marathon preparation
1 mile fast.
|Rest||3 mile jog.
Wear racing kit
|Rest||20 min jog,
inc easy strides & rest
So, we start in earnest on Tue 06-Feb – just over three weeks away. My plan will be that I will report back every Sunday, taking a note of exactly how close – or otherwise – I have come to achieving my goals.
I am determined to be a marathon finisher!