Posted on March 1, 2010 by thefitbride
So, even though the Chicago Marathon is still seven months away, by my calculations, I’ll need to start training for it June 6th or so, which is right after the honeymoon/a trip to Fort Lauderdale for work. Since the next two months are going to be pretty busy with wedding stuff, I want to pick a training plan so I can start to prepare myself mentally.
I’m using a Hal Higdon plan, modified, for my half, and I really like it, so I want to stick with Hal for the full. Plus, he looks like such a nice man. How can this face steer you wrong?
I don’t know whether to choose Hal’s Novice 1 or Novice 2 plan. I don’t think I can consider myself an intermediate yet.
This is his Novice 1 plan.
And this is his Novice 2 plan.
I can’t find anywhere on his site where he describes which plan is for which goals/which types of runner. To me, it looks like Novice 1 gives you more mileage on weekdays and shorter long runs, whereas Novice 2 cuts back the mileage on weekdays and gives you longer long runs. Novice 2 appeals to me in that I’d never run more than 8 miles on a weekday, but I don’t know.
Marathon veterans—what do you think?
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Posted on September 26, 2009 by thefitbride
Prompted largely by the assistance of a little liquid courage, I registered for the Olathe, Kansas Half Marathon last night.
Oh my god. What have I done? I can do this, I know, but wow. It’s on April 10, 2010, so I have 6 months to train. Currently, I could probably run 6 or 7 miles at a stretch without walking, so I feel okay about this. There are three major half marathons in my area–one in April (a month before the wedding), one in June (a month after the wedding), and one in October (not ready this year; don’t want to wait a full year to do it next year). I didn’t realize the April one existed, and was debating whether half marathon training the month of the wedding (and on the honeymoon) would work, logistically speaking. So, I got all excited and pulled the trigger, figuratively speaking. Interesting fact: this race goes around and finishes at Garmin’s international headquarters. I’ve already asked Santa for a Garmin Forerunner…let’s hope I’ve been good this year!
A few things I need help with:
- Dumb question, readers, but where exactly do you find trails to run on? I know they EXIST, but I’m kind of scared to just get on a trail and go. Are there websites where you can find trails in your area? I would like having a map pre-run.
- Any recommendations for a training plan? I’ve looked at a few and it seems like the Hal Higdon ones are my favorite. I like that they incorporate strength training, stretching, and that there are different levels. But am I a novice? Intermediate? I know I’m not an expert, by any means.
- I’ll start the training program in January, 12 weeks before the race, but what do I do now? Just…get better at running? Work on distance? Speed? Both?
This is going to be an adventure! Cross your fingers!
In other news, I appear to have somehow tweaked my left shoulder, so that it hurts when I try to raise it above parallel. I’m icing it and taking a total rest day today, and tomorrow will be a fun active rest day. I have a pretty cool activity planned, and I’m excited to blog about it! Happy Saturday!
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