Two egg whites + Roasted red pepper hummus + Spinach + Whole wheat sandwich thin
Along with my sandwich, I enjoyed fresh zucchini slices and a cold, crisp apple.
Veggies: check! Protein: check! Fruit: check! Whole grains: check!
My Half Marathon Training Plan
I am following a hodgepodge of training plans as I train for the Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon on August 1.
My plan is a hybrid of Hal Higdon’s intermediate half marathon plan (I’m only following his recommendations for the once-a-week long-run distances), a plan my friend Merri sent to me, and my own running desires.
The plan I’ve created for myself that I’ve been following looks like this:
- M: Total-body strength training, 25 min. cross training (if desired)
- Tu: 5 mile run
- W: Total-body strength training, 25 min. cross training (if desired)
- Th: 5 mile run
- F: Total-body strength training, 25 min. cross training (if desired)
- Sa: Long run (Increasing mileage by 1 mile a week)
- Su: Off + Stretching
For now, this is the plan that works for me.
When I ran my first half in 2007, my goal was to run the whole thing (which I did… yay!). This time my goal is simply to finish and feel good (not dead) after the race.
I’m not incorporating any speed work or hills into my training because of the simplicity of my goal. I’m running the race at the tail-end of my bachelorette party, so simply finishing the race while still feeling energized would be a victory.
Though I’ve created a plan I think is right for me, I still enjoy researching other plans and recently came across the SmartCoach free personalized training plan.
By using a recent race time and asking you questions like “how hard do you want to train” and “how many miles do you run per week,” this plan calculates a personalized plan to best meet your running goals. It’s pretty neat and I thought it might interest those of you who are training for various races as well as newbie runners who may want a more individualized plan.
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Question of the Afternoon
- If you’ve run in a race before, did you follow a training plan? Any favorites?