Thursday, January 2, 2014

Half Marathon Training & Running In The Snow

It's nice waking up for work thinking it's Monday and realizing it's actually Thursday. Thank you, mid-week holiday.

I've officially started half marathon training and decided to use a training plan this time around. I've never been great at following plans before, but I also haven't been able to break 2 hours in the Half - my ultimate goal, so I figure a plan can only help. There are lots of training plans online - I am using Hal Higdon's Intermediate 1 training plan. I've completed three half marathons now, so I consider myself above the novice level, but not quite advanced…

I'm technically behind in training. With winter roaring its ugly head right now, I didn't realize March 15th is only 11 short weeks away (yay Spring!), and this is a 12 week plan. We're already at the end of week two, but I've been running the past few weeks, so I'm not too far behind. I'm going to adjust my long run this week from 6 miles to 5 and up the 5K next week to a 4-miler. After that, I should be back on track. Life is all about adjustments, right?

The apartment gym was hopping tonight (gotta love New Years Resolutioners), so I decided to stick with the elliptical for 20 (ish) minutes, treadmill for 20 minutes (2, 9 minute miles), and 10 minutes on the elliptical. I finished with 30 minutes in the weight room. Total time: 1:12:42...

I need to add a new resolution to my list: Snow Running. I'm terrified of running in the snow, mostly because I don't want to slip on ice and break my fibula, but all the cool runners (including some girl in my complex who ran by as I was sweeping snow off my car) seem to be doing it. And I really really want to try. I ran from the gym to my apartment, which is at the end of the street in the pic below, and I didn't fall. I kinda liked it. So I will try again, even if it's a loop around the complex. I'll keep you posted :)

Stay safe, NY/NJ! And stop naming your snow storms. We called today, Thursday. 

Do you follow a training program? If so, which one?

Do you run in the snow? Tell me your secrets!

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