The time has come to make a plan! With the More Half Marathon sponsored by Athleta coming up in April and the NB Reach the Beach Relay coming up in May, I can’t putter around with a run here and there! That’s why I turned to the experts: Runner’s World Smart Coach and Laura. Let’s just say, no two plans are alike!
I typed in my race date, average weekly running and goal time into Smart Coach and back popped this plan:
Are you confused? I was. This plan only goes up to 6 miles! Maybe they are assuming I have not run any distance longer than a mile to start, but man, going from 6 miles to 13.1 seems crazy! Or as Jay-Z would say “that s**ts cray.” Sorry, hip hop references are always apropos, right? Anyways, I think I will keep some of the speedwork ideas, but I decided to move on to plan #2, created by Laura.
Yes, that’s better. I am actually about a week behind, but I figure if I run 7.5 this week, I will be up to 9 next week and right on track.
Last night, I did a 3.1 mile speed workout:
- Warm up: 5 minute warm up at 10 min mile
- Work 90 seconds at 8:30 pace
- Recover walk at 13 minute mile pace
- repeat for 2 miles
- Cool down 5 minutes at 6MPH
As it’s cloudy and rainy, my long run is being pushed to tomorrow, not ideal, but I will live .
Speaking of long runs, next week I will doing my long run with the Athleta Run Club! They are offering half marathon training run groups each weekend! In fact, I will actually be speaking as one of their sponsored Athletes! Feel free to join me next week ( more details to come)!
Whether your a runner or not, I highly recommend checking out the events calendars at Athleta’s UES and UWS stores! They offer far more than running! Kettleball, kickboxing, Zumba (this Monday!), yoga, Pilates and more. Everything is free and open to all !