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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Half Marathon Training Update - Week 10

I can't believe that in less than a month I'll be running my half marathon!  When I started training for this the race seemed so far away and I thought I'd have plenty of time to train.  Now, with one double digit run left on my training plan I'm worried.  My coach assures me that I will be ready and after the 15K race this past weekend I know that physically I'll be able to cover the 13.1 miles in order to claim my medal whether I am able to run the entire thing is a whole different story.  Obviously my bigger challenge will be the mental challenge of completing 13.1 miles... luckily I still have a month of training my brain that I can do this!

So my training last week was supposed to be:
Monday: Run, 5 miles
Tuesday: Cross train or Speed
Wednesday: Run, 4 miles, medium effort
Thursday: Strength
Friday: Run, Easy 20 minutes
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Run, Hot Chocolate 15K race

And here's how I interpreted that training plan:

Monday: Run, 5.15 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Bike, 8.72 miles
Thursday: Run, 4.29 miles
Friday: Run, 20 minutes
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Run, Hot Chocolate 15K

I know that I slacked on the speed work and strength training so I am hoping to get better about that with the time I left before the race.

Do you follow your training plan to the letter or do you change it as necessary?


  1. I change mine up as I need to. Some weeks are just not possible especially if you get sick or injured or are just having an off week. I think you have to be a bit flexible.

  2. Hey, I just came across your blog! Looks like you had a very productive week! Did you keep to the recommendation to do "medium effort" and "easy" runs? I am terrible at designing my own training program, and I'm too lazy to read through a legit book to get help. I think my only hope is to get a coach, but who has the money? Well, not me!

    Also, how was the hot chocolate run? I really want to do one of those!

    1. I actually did keep to the "medium effort" recommendation and I consider anything under 3-4 miles to already be an easy run... :)

      One way to get free coaching is to sign up for a charity team. I'm training with Team Challenge and they provide the coaches to prepare me for a half marathon and I raise money for them. It's truly a win win for me because I get answers to all my questions plus I am raising money for a cause that is near and dear to my heart. I'd highly recommend looking into a Team Challenge group in your area if you really want a coach.

      The hot chocolate run was not my favorite. I'd much rather use the money on a different race next year.