Last year I ran in the PF Chang’s Half Marathon. It was so much fun I’m doing it again this year. This post takes a look at how I trained to run the 13.2 mile race last year and compares it to the way I’ve decided to train this year. The fun part? I’m making it up as I go.
2010 – My training last year took a minimalist approach. I ran only once a week. Say, what? That’s right. Of course, that’s not to say I only exercised once a week. Fooled you. I only did one (what folks training for a race of this sort call a) long run per week.
Starting thirteen weeks out, the training looked something like this.
What did I do the other six days during those thirteen weeks? Pretty much stuck to my normal exercise routine. Wanna peek? (My typical long run day last year was Friday so we’ll start from there.)
Fri – Long run (details above)
Sat – Swim 1.75 miles
Sun – Swim 1.75 miles
Mon – Rest
Tue – Hour afternoon walk with Pilates in the evening
Wed – Hour Bike Ride
Thu – Hour afternoon walk with Pilates in the evening
2011 – This year I decided to take a similar approach. This year’s race training involves a few subtle shifts in priority, and a little more running. This year looks more like this.
Thu – Long run (details above)
Fri – 2 mile recovery run, weights (dumbbells)
Sat – Swim 1.75 to 2 miles
Sun – Bike 20+ miles
Mon – Run 4 to 5 miles
Tue – Hour afternoon walk with Pilates in the evening (or Hour Bike Ride only)
Wed – Rest
I wouldn’t suggest anyone consider following either of these two plans. On the contrary. The moral of the story is to (cliché warning) just do it. Seriously. This is just me having a little fun and making it up as I go. Think of it as a “How To”, or perhaps as a “How Not To”, train for a Half Marathon.
We’ll just have to wait and see what the extra miles do anything for my race time this year. Only time will tell. Bottom line, if you’re racing this year, I hope your training, however you approach it, goes well and you stay healthy. If you’re running the PF Chang’s in Phoenix this January 16, 2011 we’ll see you out there!