The training program I am using is the Hal Higdon Half Marathon Training program. I am using it as a skeleton and adjusting it a bit to fit my schedule and add speed/hill workouts. So far, so good. The thing I realized in Week 1 was that training (of any sort) takes a LOT of planning. I work out 6 days a week with no problem, but always have the flexibility of switching things up, or doing what I want when I want. Having to keep track of runs and log X amount of miles per week is a bit more challenging. I have had to block off specific time during each day for my workouts to make sure I have enough time to stretch, warm up, run, and cool down. I find that if I don’t do so, its VERY easy to get sidetracked by other things. I was in Maine this past weekend and had to be very disciplined to run my long run (5 miles) while I was there. But I did it on Friday instead of Sunday, when I knew I had a bit of extra time. So I think being flexible a bit with the program will be key.
I also realized that it will be nice to have a buddy to run with when the mileage starts getting up there! I signed up for this race with a good friend, so its nice to have someone to talk with about the training, and also to help out with mental motivation. Thank you Heather
Week 2 is under way and going well! Will give a report next week!