Half Marathon Training, day #1 is officially in the bag. I decided to go with the Hal Hidgon Half Marathon Training schedule for intermediate runners. Why this program instead of others found at runnersworld.com or other running websites?
It wasn’t so technical that I felt like I needed a PhD in Kinesiology and Philosophy to figure out what the hell I’m supposed to do on each day.
I’m not a runner’s runner. I was not an athlete in school. I don’t really know running terminology more sophisticated than “go faster.” The only kind of splits I want to be a part of include three scoops of ice cream, and I’m pretty sure that’s not going to be endorsed in any legit training plan. Although, if I made up my own that was heavy on the desserts, I’m sure I could retire before finishing my first half marathon.
2. It’s chill on the speed work.
The speed workouts that are included are not intimidating at all! I have attempted a few modified, interval workouts and they kick total butt! I want to first and foremost finish the half marathon, but I’d like to finish before the cows come home.
3. Strength training
There are two days of strength training involved, and room to add a little more.
I’m no fanatic, but I’m loving the way that adding weights into my weekly workout schedule had tightened things up, flattened things out, and taken a healthy dollop of “the continuous wave goodbye” out of my upper arms.
4. It’s not too intense.
I feel that I could comfortably begin, and complete this schedule without hitting the burnout wall. I also wouldn’t be overwhelmed by the long run days. And as a non-runner, runner I like that Sundays aren’t going to turn me into one of those runners.
Today’s Moves and Eats:
Today’s plan: Run 3 miles.
I ended up running those 3 miles in 26:12 and threw in a lower body circuit training session with Ms. Warner. After getting cleaned up, I went on a 3 mile walk with my mom downtown.
What I ate: Breakfast
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich & Mollasses Cookie @ Lansing City Market
Dinner: BBQ @ Uncle Frank & Aunt Janet’s
And they know how to put out a good spread!
Me, the big DUH! forgot to take a picture of my turkey burger, but you know!! I got the photo of dessert!