Today is my first official day of half marathon training. Super excited. Iâ€™m doing the Corporate Cup Half Marathon here in Charlotte on March 8. This will be my fifth half marathon. My record is 1:58 but that was in flat, flat, flat Florida; most of my other times are under 2:05.
Hereâ€™s everything that Iâ€™ll need for my half marathon training:
A TRAINING PLAN. But of course! Iâ€™ll be using Hal Hidgonâ€™s 12 Week Novice Plan, but Iâ€™ve tweaked it a lot.
One big tweak: I added in a 13.1 mile run the week before the race. A lot of half marathon training plans donâ€™t have you max out at race distance, but some do. Iâ€™ve tried training both ways, and I just prefer to run the full distance prior to the race. Itâ€™s a nice confidence boost.
I also rearranged some of the workouts. I prefer to work out over the weekend and have the weekdays as rest days.
RUNNING BUDDIES. I convinced a friend to sign up for this race with me. Iâ€™m super excited! Itâ€™s so motivating to have someone else to help hold me accountableâ€¦ So weâ€™ll do a lot of our runs together, but when we canâ€™t, I always have my #1 running buddyâ€¦ Henry!
We went on a 5.0 mile run this morning and he yelled â€œGO MOMMY GOâ€ for the first time ever. As a jogging-stroller-pushing-mom, Iâ€™ve been dreaming about that moment forever. <3 Heâ€™s the best coach!
HILL WORK. I havenâ€™t run a half marathon in Charlotte yet, but Iâ€™m familiar with the course map (actually, itâ€™s where we used to live), and I *know* that there are a ton of hills. So hill work is definitely going to be part of the equation.
Shouldnâ€™t be hard because my house is surrounded by hills!
SPEED WORK. Iâ€™m not going to set any time goals â€“ yet. But I would obviously love to break my personal record, and the only way to do that is speed work. I have a love/hate relationship with speedwork.
NEW SHOES. I need new kicks so bad. I think Iâ€™ve had these for almost a year! They carried me all through Half Ironman training and back â€“ the cushioning is definitely shot.
Iâ€™ll probably reorder the Brooks Ghost 5s because 1) now theyâ€™re an â€˜oldâ€™ edition and thus cheaper and 2) they are really great shoes.
READY SET GO!
Anyone else training for a half marathon? Whenâ€™s your race? Are you going to run 13 miles before race day or keep it shorter?