When I first started running almost two years ago, my goals were small. Actually, I only had goal: to run a 5k and not die in the process. If you had told me that I would fall in love with running and would someday train for anything longer than a 5k, I would have laughed.
But here I am. I officially start training for the Diva Half Marathon today. My first (of hopefully many) half marathon.
I've been gearing up for this over the last six weeks. I knew I needed to have a higher base of weekly miles. I have written out a training plan and it stays in the kitchen where I will see it often. I have planned at least one longer race (an 8k, and possibly a 10k) between now and May to give myself additional experience before the big day. Now it's time to begin!
My workout schedule will be similar to what I've been doing, with built in step-back weeks and emphasis on building endurance. Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday will be running days. Saturday will be for long runs, Wednesday a tempo run, and Monday a speed workout. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday will be for cross training. Tuesday and Thursday, I have a cardio/strength training class, and Friday will be my mix-it-up day for whatever kind of workout I feel that I need. (Lately I've been doing yoga and I love it!)
My goals for my first half marathon are to finish upright, and hopefully do that in three hours or less. Unless my pace dramatically picks up, I think that is a realistic goal.
My husband thinks I'm crazy and sometimes I agree. I'll make my final decision on May 20th. I plan to blog about my weekly training as I go along. I hope you'll join me in this journey!