A lot of half marathon training plans are 15 weeks or so, so finding a 12 week on that I liked was more of a challenge. It's also hard to decide what level I'm at. I've only ran one half marathon and I typically (when I'm not training for a specific race) run about 20 miles a week, but I'm not a beginner and most beginner plans don't fit what I'm looking for. I'm definitely not advanced either. I feel comfortable saying I'm intermediate, but a lot of those plans weren't right either. If I had more time than 12 weeks, I would have gone with the "Finish It" plan from Train Like a Mother, which is what I used for my first half. If I hadn't been so off my running game lately, I would have gone with their "Own It" plan and just jumped right in at the right time for having 12 weeks to go.
|Plan from HalHigdon.com|
After spending a good amount of time scouring the internet for the right plan, I've decided to go with Hal Higdon's intermediate plan. It's a good level for me and it fits my current schedule pretty well. The shorter runs are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which is when I like to run with a MRTT group that typically does 3-5 miles. The long run is on Sunday, and a rest day on Friday, which is what I like to do already. There are 3-5 mile runs most Saturdays, with some at race pace, but I'm going to bike those days instead, like I've done while on other plans. This plan has track and tempo workouts on Wednesdays which will be something different for me and I'm glad for that, I know I need some speed work.
As for actually starting the plan this week, I'm really glad to because having a plan to follow really helps me stick with it and get things done instead of staying in bed or taking my runs too easy. That means I'm going to have to get back in the habit of waking up early; morning running is so much easier and I'm much less likely to skip a run if I go ahead and get it out of the way first thing. I'm hoping there's a group I can find that does track workouts on Wednesdays, I know I can go to the local high school early in the mornings but I'm not a big fan of being out there in the dark by myself. If not I may end up switching Thursdays with Wednesdays since I know there's a group at the track on Thursday mornings. Since the race I'm training for is a trail run, which I love but am super slow at, I'm hoping to run trails at least once a week, preferably for my long run. Sundays are the easiest for me to get out on the trails anyway.
So that's that, let the training begin!
What's the next race your training for? Do you have a favorite plan?