From now until April 15, 2012 I am going to be running circles. Lots of circles in and around Manhattan. Because… I signed up for the More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Half Marathon in Central Park!
No, I’m not really a runner. I can run, but I don’t usually. In fact, I’ve probably berated lots of people for running because it’s not that good for your joints. But for some reason I thought this would be a good idea, and signed up impulsively Friday afternoon. (I’m glad I did.) I think it’ll be really fun – both the training and the actual event. I may not end up running the whole thing (I’m a big fan of the jog/walk), but I will definitely finish.
Half Marathon Training Plan
My half marathon training plan will be as follows (based on this source). It’s a modified 12-week plan because I started midway through the first week. The weeks go Monday to Sunday.
|Week 1 (1/23-1/29)||off||off||off||off||1m||3.5m*||4.3m*|
|Week 2 (1/30 -2/5)||off||3m||4m||3m||off||3m||4m|
|Week 3 (2/6 – 2/12)||off||3m||4m||3m||off||3m||5m|
|Week 4 (2/13 – 2/19)||off||3m||5m||3m||off||4m||6m|
|Week 5 (2/20 – 2/26)||off||4m||5m||4m||off||3m||7m|
|Week 6 (2/27 – 3/4)||off||4m||4m||4m||off||4m||8m|
|Week 7 (3/5 – 3/11)||off||4m||6m||4m||off||4m||9m|
|Week 8 (3/12 – 3/18)||off||4m||6m||4m||off||4m||10m|
|Week 9 (3/19 – 3/25)||off||4m||6m||4m||off||3m||11m|
|Week 10 (3/26 – 4/1)||off||4m||5m||4m||off||4m||12m|
|Week 11 (4/2 – 4/8)||off||4m||5m||4m||off||3m||6m|
|Week 12 (4/9 – 4/15)||off||3m||5m||3m||off||2m||Race day: 13.1 miles!|
*Saturday’s jog (1/28) was on my way to yoga. Thanks to the class I wasn’t sore the next day (today) because it was an amazing stretch. Sunday’s (today, 1/29) was a jog/walk. I think I walked about 1.3 miles of it.
That’s it! I’m hoping to jog most of the allotted mileage, but will be happy as long as I get through it, even if that means walking.
So what will I eat? Hmm….
Snack after today’s run: sauteed (in bacon fat) broccoli stalk, frozen corn, frozen Brussels sprouts, and whipped cream cheese. Because the veggies were warm the cream cheese got all melty and it was fabulous.
Have you ever done a half marathon? Or any other race?
I’ve never done any races before but I did used to run a lot when I lived in California.