In case you missed it on Youtube, I posted a new video yesterday. It’s just a random video talking about all the cool things I got for my birthday a few weeks ago! The comments on Youtube have been really supportive, so let me know if you like these kinds of random videos and I will keep making them every once in a while!
Several weeks ago, I told you all that I had signed up for a half marathon in August!
I also started doing the Blogilates PIIT28 program at the same time. So, between those two workout routines I have lots to tell you about!
I want to start with my half marathon training and in a few days I will post about PIIT 28.
The Rochester Half Marathon is in a little over 15 weeks, and I started running again about 3-4 weeks ago after hardly running at all for months. Since I’ve never run more than 10k, I researched online for training plans and then decided to do my own thing. This will be my first half marathon ever, and so my goal is to just finish the race, although I would love to keep a 10-11 minute mile pace throughout the entire run.
Here’s the basic training outline I’m going to follow:
- Monday-Friday: 2 30 minute runs and 2 cross training days (probably PIIT workouts)
- Saturday- PIIT, stretching, yoga, walking, whatever I want
- Sunday- Long run
For my long runs, I’m going to follow the “run 5 minutes, walk 1 minute” plan for the entire run.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about the run 5 minutes, walk 1 minute plan, and I think it will be perfect for me to get back into running longer distances without dying.
My schedule of long runs looks about like this:
- May 8- 6.5 miles
- May 15- 7 miles
- May 22- 7 miles
- May 29- 8 miles
- June 5- 8 miles
- June 12- 9 miles
- June 19- 9 miles
- June 26- 10 miles
- July 3- 10 miles
- July 10- 11 miles
- July 17- 11 miles
- July 24- 12 miles
- July 31- 12 miles
- August 7- 14 miles
- August 14- 8 miles
- August 20- Race day! 13.1 miles
What do you think? I think that 2 weeks at each distance sounds great and I’m excited to be able to compare the runs each weekend. I am also REALLY looking forward to running outdoors now that the weather is getting warmer!!
To start this crazy plan, I’ve been running 30 minute runs during the week (although I have to admit, I haven’t gotten in 2 30 minute runs each week and I need to be better about that) and I’ve also been doing PIIT 2-3 times a week. I know the PIIT plan is supposed to be your workout every day, but I didn’t want to do that, so I didn’t. I’m terrible at following rules!
My first trial run over the weekend was a 3 mile run using the run 5 minutes, walk 1 minute method. I actually LOVE this method because it breaks up the run into manageable chunks and makes it go by so quickly!
I ended up keeping a really similar pace to my usual “constant running” runs, even though I was walking every 5 minutes.
For my weekend 4 mile run, the weather wasn’t cooperating, so I turned to the trusty treadmill and completed a run 5 minute, walk 1 minute 4 mile run. That one took me a little longer because I can’t run as fast on the treadmill as I can run outside- I don’t understand why that is!
When I was in Cozumel, I did 3 different 40 minute runs outside which all felt glorious!
I love running in the heat and these runs in humid Mexico got me really excited for summer runs in Minnesota!!
And last weekend, I did a 5 mile run on the treadmill again (I just couldn’t bring myself to bundle up and run outside in the cold). It went well, but again I’m so much slower on the treadmill compared with runs outside!
This weekend will be my first run at a distance longer than what I am comfortable with. I can handle 5 miles, but after 6 miles I reach my max, so I’m excited to push myself and I think the run 5 minutes walk 1 minute method will really help.
Wish me luck!!
What are your best half marathon or running in general tips??