This week’s miles: 20.3
- Sunday: 3.3, average pace per mile – 12:09, easy outside miles around the neighborhood.
- Monday: 5, average pace per mile – 11:32, outside mid-day miles thanks to no work.
- Tuesday: after work Jillian Michaels workout.
- Wednesday: 3, average pace per mile – 11:47, pre-work, pre-dawn outside miles.
- Thursday: pre-work 5:30am Jillian Michaels workout.
- Friday: 3, average pace per mile – 11:28, reluctant after-work miles on treadmill.
- Saturday: 6, average pace per mile – 11:15, early morning outside run, faster pace than planned for “easy” miles run.
General notes: Well, here I go again! I’m switching up the training plan for my second half marathon, focusing on building more miles and muscle, in preparation for the challenge of the Colorado altitude. My goal for this half is to finish without feeling sick; I have absolutely no time goal, instead, I just want to enjoy this race, taking in the beautiful location and celebrating my next decade.
I’m creatively and loosely following Hansons Half Marathon Method; because my race is 10 weeks away now (11 when I started official training last weekend), and the plan calls for 18 weeks of preparation, I had to make some adjustments to the prescribed workouts. After perusing the entire 18 weeks, I decided to jump in at week 4, and run my race at the conclusion of week 14. This will still give me a few 12 mile long runs (which was the maximum I completed before my last half), and also log several weeks of overall higher mileage than my last plan.
Essentially this is a more rigorous and calculated training plan than my simpler “run to finish” Runkeeper app plan last time. I have “speed” and “strength” workouts, tempo runs, and more mid-week high mileage, which will be very challenging during the insanely overscheduled May, but manageable in June.
I’m also, reluctantly I might add, incorporating 2x a week strength workouts, in the form of the entirely sadomasochist Jillian Michael’s No More Trouble Zones workout. This workout is really, really hard. No, really. Like, I ran a half marathon more easily than I finish this workout hard.
But everyone “says” that adding resistance/weight training to my workouts will make me a stronger, faster runner. I’m really hoping it’s not true so that I can stop doing Jillian Michaels. This is also challenging because it means I never have a day entirely “off”; starting with this upcoming week, I only have one non-running day on the plan, and with 2x a week Jillian workouts, I will do one workout on my non-running day, and then have 1x a week with both Jillian and running.
All in all, this is a more difficult training regiment for a race that I’m really just running for fun. I’m not entirely sure what that says about me, but here’s hoping the next 10 weeks go well!