I'm officially two weeks into my half marathon training and my legs haven't fallen off yet.
(Cue the crowd cheering.)
Why would I be worrying about the potential for my legs to fall off? Well, the half marathon training plan I'm following this time around involves a lot more work. I used a beginner plan the last two times I trained, and this time I'm following an intermediate plan. I figured a month off any serious running shouldn't have taken away too much of my fitness capabilities, so why not challenge myself this time around? Plus, as you know, I'm determined to rock that goal of mine to finish the Chicago Half Marathon in less than 2 1/2 hours.
The beginner plan I've followed in the past called for four days of running a week, with the long runs on Sundays increasing very slowly at a mere mile per week. The runs during the week stayed pretty consistent, too, allowing me to get in a 5K each time I went out. This time around I'm running four days a week with the long run on Sundays increasing very quickly, along with a day of cross training in which I ride my bike.
This is what my plan calls for next week:
Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: 30 minute easy run
Wednesday: 30 minute tempo run, including a five minute warm up and cool down
Thursday: Rest day
Friday: 40 minutes of cross training
Saturday: 30 minutes of speed training
Sunday: 10K run
In the coming weeks, not only will those week day runs fluctuate quite a bit, but I'll be needing to carve out about a two hour block on Sundays to get in those eight, 10 and 12 mile runs.
The running, right now at least, isn't the hard part. The hard part is figuring out when to fit in my regular yoga, pilates and weight training. I'm trying to take my rest days seriously, only doing yoga those days, so I don't max out my legs and core. I haven't quite figured out what days feel best on my body when it comes to adding in weight training and and pilates.
The good news is I still have 10 weeks to figure this out.
In the meantime, in addition to training for the half marathon, I'll be training to become a pokemaster. Can't let all the new people swarming the trails as of late playing Pokemon Go have all the fun, now can we?! I just need to figure out how to throw a pokeball straight while running and cycling. Remember, you're talking to the person who broke her arm after falling while twirling in circles during recess once.