In January of this year I whipped out my credit card and registered for a few races this year. I vowed to myself that THIS YEAR would be THE YEAR that I finally returned to running. Like really running… Running as often as I did BEFORE kids. So my race registrations included TWO half marathons – one in the spring and another in the fall. My goal was to FINALLY lose stomach fat – and LOTS of it!
My spring half marathon “training” (if you can even call it that), consisted of running 5k three times a week, with a 10k longer run on the weekend for three weeks in a row before the “race”. Yes – I kinda faked that half marathon, but did surprisingly well, all things considered. (6 mos post-partum, no training, very little sleep the night before because of the baby). I finished in 2 hrs and 8 mins. Not too shabby.
So… my second half marathon is coming up in 7 short weeks from now on October the 16th (which is actually an eternity compared to how long I “trained” for my last half marathon). Now that I have some time to train, here’s my “plan” (I’m awful at sticking to plans, but I’m hopeful sharing it with you will make me more accountable):
Mon – 8k
Tues – BodyPump class
Wed – 8k
Thurs – rest
Fri – 8k
Sat – BodyPump class
Sun – long run
My long runs will start at 10k, and I’ll add 1k to it each week, until 2 weeks before the race (which means that the Sunday long run 2 weeks before will be 15k). I’m back down to my racing weight (yay!) so I’m optimistic this “plan” will enable me to run a faster race than I did this spring.
Look out Scotiabank Waterfront Half Marathon… here I come!!