I was not a regular runner pretty much my whole life until I decided to start running about seven or eight years ago. I ran for several years, finishing a dozen half marathons and a bunch of 5ks, 10ks and other races. I decided to take a break from running long distances after running a Disney race in January when it was 20 degrees! It was the frozen feet for me! I haven’t run regularly in over two years. I recently realized how much I missed running, especially getting outside, and training for a big goal.
It’s been a while, so I chose a training plan from Self Magazine that involves running intervals in a Couch to Half Marathon mindset. Even though I have run this distance before, I needed to treat my training as if I was a true beginner. I haven’t even run a 5k since July 4, 2019!
This week has been great. I have 3 training runs, each doing intervals of running for one minute and then walking for two minutes. I also have two cross training days and two rest days. The intervals make it much easier to run for a long period and I can really increase my pace for my runs knowing I will have a short walk. I use an App called “Seconds” using pre-programmed intervals so it prompts the beginning, halfway point and end of each interval.
So my actual week one training schedule looks like this:
Monday: Run 1 minute, Walk 2 minutes 10 times, with a 5 minute warm-up and cool-down
Tuesday: Crosstrain – I chose a 30 minute upper body strength workout and 10 minutes of core
Wednesday: Run 1 minute, Walk 2 minutes with a 5 minute warm-up and cool-down
Friday: Crosstrain – I chose a 30 minute total body workout
Saturday: Run 3 miles – Run 1 minute, Walk 2 Minutes
My goal is the Miami Half Marathon, a race I’ve always wanted to run. I also may add the Disney Half Marathon, which is always run around my birthday. I have a chance to run it for Team JDRF, which was a great experience the last time I did it.
I’ll post my training schedule on Sundays and let you know how I’m doing as I proceed. Wish me luck!