I think I have figured out what I am going to do as far as training goes for my Hapalua Half Marathon in April.
Have no plan!
I have been trying to create something to follow. I am just not feeling any plans though. I start making something that looks do-able, and then I just get bummed about it. I think I want a bit of freedom. I just want to enjoy running. I don’t want to follow any plans. If I follow a plan and then something comes up I get upset that I am not on schedule. I am ready just to run!
Now, that isn’t to say I am just going to go out and do easy runs. I do have a little bit of a game plan. A lot of it is following up from my last post. (This post may be a little repetitive, but hey, I am writing this for me, not you!)
- Interval/Hills – Once a week do an interval run or hill repeats. Try to change it up every week. So if one week was intervals the next could be hill repeats.
- Tempo – A tempo run a week. I will do this similar to how the Hanson Brother’s call for tempos, at race pace. Now that means I need a goal time. Let’s be lofty and say a 1:50:00. My goal pace is going to be around the 8:20-8:30min/mile mark.
- Long run – A long run each week. (A cutback run every other week). I will try for around 10 miles to start, possibly try to reach a 15 mile run. My cutbacks will be around 8-10 miles.
- Weekly miles – Average around 30-40 miles per week.
To hit my weekly average I will need to plan a little. So, maybe I will try to do something like this:
– Easy run (5 miles)
– Intervals/Hills (5 miles)
– Easy run (5 miles)
– Tempo run (8 miles)
-Easy run (5 miles)
-Long run (10 miles)
If my math is correct, that gets us to around 38 miles per week. Some easy runs may only be 3-4 miles, some long runs will (hopefully) be up to 15 miles. My tempo run will not start of as 8 miles. So give or take, I feel that works quite well. I might even take a day or two off.
And maybe I should talk about my time goal. 1:50:00 is a dream goal at the moment. My PR is a 1:55:54 on the same course. I don’t know if I am ready to run 13.1 miles at 8:24min/mile, however I want to break 4 hours in one of my marathons later this year. I need to start working on this now, which means I am going to push myself, starting now! I I do have back ups, like always. Plan B is to get a PR, plan C to break 2 hours, and plan D is to finish.
The most important factor leading up to this half marathon:
Have fun and enjoy running!