One of my “Fresh Start” goals for the new year is to eat more veggies, and I shared a yummy salad recipe last week. More delicious salads and creative veggie recipes to come (cauliflower soup was actually a winner!), but today is Fitness Friday! The other part of my “body” goal for the Mind/Body/Spirit Fresh Start is training for the Country Music Half Marathon in April.
When I ran this half marathon in 2011, I followed Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Program for novices to a T. The plan suited me well as I completed the half marathon 4 minutes under my goal time. However, the last three miles were torture. Since I only trained up to 10 miles, that last push to the finish was very difficult, mentally and physically.
This time, I intend to train to 13 miles, so come race day I have the confidence that I can do it. I also have planned a training schedule that is longer, allowing leeway for vacation and busy work weeks.
I am running this half marathon with four other girls in Atlanta, so I am actually looking forward to starting training since it’s a good excuse to hang out with everyone! Being the goal and achievement-oriented person that I am, I designed a training plan for us to follow. It is so motivating for me to cross the days that I train off of the calendar and watch myself get closer and closer to the goal.
Below is the training schedule that I put together. You’ll notice that it is very similar to Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 plan, but with personalized tweaks. (As a note, I am not a professional trainer, I am just sharing my plan in case it inspires you to train to for a half marathon too!)