I have a confession: the Disney Half was the last time I went for a run. Blame it on the weather. Blame in on my gym burnout. Blame it on my rekindled love affair with yoga and kickboxing classes. Running and I took a break, but it’s time for us to get hot and heavy again. It’s time to start training for the Rite Aid 2011 Cleveland Half Marathon!
As I watched my fellow #CLEmarathon runners tweet about their training runs, I took another look at the calendar to realize that it was the right time to focus on my training. As I toyed with several different training plans, I came across 10 Lifestyle Factors That Affect Training from Active.com.
In summary: If you assemble your own training plan, be sure to consider life and lifestyle factors that affect training, recovery and performance. If assembling your own plan from scratch is overwhelming, you can certainly make great use of ready-to-use training plans as your starting platform. From the plan framework, you can slight adjustments to volume, intensity and frequency of workouts to meet your personal needs.
After some assessment, I went for a mash up of Jeff Galloway’s beginners plan (the same that I used for my first half-marathon) and Hal Higdon’s intermediate half-marathon plan. After getting the stamp of approval from my gals Kali and Katie (and then making another change!), this is what I’m using for the next 13 weeks:
|2/14/2011||off||3 m run||off||yoga||off||4 miles||yoga|
|2/21/2011||off||yoga||3 m run||3 m run||off||yoga||5 miles|
|2/28/2011||off||yoga||3 m run||3 m run||off||3M run||6 miles|
|3/7/2011||off||3.5 m run||off||3 m run||off||St. Malachi 5M||off|
|3/14/2011||off||3.5 m run||3 m run||yoga||off||3M run||7 miles|
|3/21/2011||off||4 m run||3 m run||yoga||off||3M pace||8 miles|
|3/28/2011||off||4 m run||3 m run||yoga||off||3M run||10K|
|4/4/2011||off||4.5 m run||EVENT||yoga||off||CWRR 5K||9 miles|
|4/11/2011||off||4.5 m run||3 m run||yoga||off||5M pace||4 miles|
|4/18/2011||off||5 m run||3 m run||yoga||off||CLE 10 Miler||off|
|4/25/2011||off||5 m run||3 m run||yoga||off||EVENT||12 miles|
|5/2/2011||off||5 m run||3 m run||yoga||off||3M pace||5 miles|
|5/9/2011||off||4 m run||2 m run||yoga||off||off||CLE 1/2 MARATHON|
POINTS OF INTEREST INCLUDE:
THE GOAL: My lofty (and probably unrealistic) goal for the Disney Half was to get in under 2:30. Due to various factors including undertraining, I came in at 2:45:05. As my final goal for that race was to “finish strong”, I knew I wanted to have a time goal for the Cleveland Half. My goal for this race is to PR that Disney time, hopefully by hitting that 2:30 mark.
THE MILEAGE: When sharing an earlier version with the ladies, there was an extra day of day of running for a total of five days during the week. My previous plan only had three and the jump to five scared me. A LOT. I think what ended up in the plan is realistic but will prepare me
THE YOGA: You’ll see a high occurrence of yoga days early on as I’m trying to use up my class pass before it expires on March 3rd. After that, I’m going to commit to attending class on Thursday evenings. I’m realizing the importance of a regular yoga practice in my life: both physically and mentally. Thursdays evenings will work well, giving me a rest day before those weekend runs. And yes I need a rest day after yoga class – you should see the bruise on my should post crow pose fall out on Sunday!
THE RACES: I’m no speed demon, but I love racing. It’s a fabulous motivator to keep you accountable to your running goals. Here’s what I’m signing up for before the Rite Aid 2011 Cleveland Half Marathon on Sunday, May 15:
31st Annual St. Malachi Run on Saturday, March 12: will run the 5M that day. Wonder if I can talk Hans into that one morning of. I’ve been successful in the past!
39th Annual Cleveland Spring Classic on Saturday, April 9: I was really excited to hear my mom wanted to run a race this spring! I introduced her to Couch to 5K and we picked that day and race for her debut. It will be a nice prep run to that 9 miler the next day. Mom – you better be ready for those 3.1 miles!
Cleveland 10 Miler on Saturday, April 23: I’ve heard so much about this race from fellow Cleveland runners, I had to sign up for it. On top of it, I just happened to have a 10 mile long run planned for that day of the schedule. Perfect! Can’t wait to be running in April along the lakeshore!
…all of that, then this and this before Memorial Day weekend. I guess I’ll sleep when it’s June! I better get running! Race day is only 87 days away! Hit me up with your thoughts, comments, concerns and encouragement in the comments!