Friday, March 1, 2013

#ChiWomensHalf Marathon Training Plan

I'm all set to knock another item off my list of 2013 goals, plans and resolutions. Mom and I registered for the Chicago Women's Half Marathon, which is on June 23—I'm really excited. It sounds like such an awesome race, and I'm ready to get out there and test the legs with some serious mileage. I got up to nine miles at the Hot Chocolate 15K this fall, but I haven't gone above that since my last half marathon in 2009. So I'm ready. Seriously ready.

There's only one problem, and I use that term lightly: I won't have as much time to train. In fact, I will only have time to run three times per week. Two short runs during the week and a longer run on the weekend. That's all that my teaching schedule allows for. I mean, unless I totally want to bust my butt, but that's never a good thing. And family time is really important to me, so I don't want to give up too much of it to running. So, we'll see. I have high hopes that it'll go well. And with the added bonus of a Spinning class every week, I think my strength and endurance levels will be just fine.

I've come up with the following half marathon training plan, which will remain flexible to leave room for any work-related schedule changes. Or fun, local races that might fit in somehow. We'll see:

I sense some new running shoes in my future. Oh darn.


Question: What, if any, races are you training for right now? What is your biggest challenge when it comes to finding time for all of your runs? Work? Kids? What? How are you coping?


Arika said...

I'm training for my first half in October (Detroit Free Press)- I have some more time that you do before my race, but I've chosen a 3-days-a-week training plan as well, so I can fit in my weight training, spin & yoga! Seems like you've laid it out well- you can do it! :)

adailydoseoffit said...

Thanks, Arika! October...such a great time of year for running. Good luck with your training! Sounds like you'll be well-prepared.

Kelly said...

Some unsolicited training advice: you may want to consider cutting back every few weeks to make sure you don't get injured. So, increase mileage for 3 weeks at a time, and then have a cut back week to let your body recover. Have fun, and good luck!

Xaarlin said...

Hiya- just came over from the sweatpink group (Charlyn) I'm also signed up for the Womens half! I did it last year and It was a blast! And I must say that i'm totally jealous that you and your mom will be running it. I really wish my mom was into running so we could bond over something like that.

adailydoseoffit said...

YAY! Thanks for checking me out! So excited you are running! I wonder if other Sweat Pink girls are running. We should all meet up for a group pic! We'll have to suggest that when it gets closer.

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