Back on the horse

It’s been almost two months since running Columbus, and I finally took the first steps in getting ready for training. I had originally hoped to get started sooner, but between being afraid of still being hurt and grad school taking over my life, it kept getting pushed back. But now that I’ll have free nights I’ll finally be able to put in the miles, and hopefully get a few miles in before official training starts. I’m using my Runner’s World Smart Coach app to plan my training schedule over a 16 week time frame. I’ve used this app before, and I love it. I’ll also be tracking my training through Running2win. I also want to work on my muscles ( as in creating some)

Starting December 26th, I’ll begin my training plan for the Platter River Half. This is the first half of the year, as well as the first out of state half. No pressure, of course. Here goes nothing!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1 4 Miles Easy Rest 5 Miles Tempo-3M@10:02 4 Miles Easy Rest 8 Miles Long Rest
Week 2 5 Miles Easy Rest 5 Miles Speed-2×1600@9:29 4 Miles Easy Rest 8 Miles Long Rest
Week 3 5 Miles Easy Rest 5 Miles Tempo-3M@10:02 4 Miles Easy Rest 9 Miles Long Rest
Week 4 5 Miles Easy Rest 5 Miles Easy 4 Miles Easy Rest 4 Miles Easy Rest
Week 5 5 Miles Easy Rest 6 Miles Tempo-4M@10:02 4 Miles Easy Rest 9 Miles Long Rest
Week 6 4 Miles Easy Rest 7 Miles Speed-3×1600@9:23 4 Miles Easy Rest 10 Miles Long Rest
Week 7 4 Miles Easy 3 Miles Easy 6 Miles Tempo-4M@10:02 3 Miles Easy Rest 10 Miles Long Rest
Week 8 5 Miles Easy Rest 5 Miles Easy 5 Miles Easy Rest 5 Miles Easy Rest
Week 9 3 Miles Easy 3 Miles Easy 7 Miles Tempo-5M@10:01 3 Miles Easy Rest 11 Miles Long Rest
Week 10 3 Miles Easy 3 Miles Easy 8 Miles Speed-4×1600@9:17 3 Miles Easy Rest 11 Miles Long Rest
Week 11 4 Miles Easy 3 Miles Easy 7 Miles Tempo-5M@10:01 3 Miles Easy Rest 12 Miles Long Rest
Week 12 6 Miles Easy Rest 6 Miles Easy 5 Miles Easy Rest 5 Miles Easy Rest
Week 13 4 Miles Easy 3 Miles Easy 8 Miles Tempo-6M@10:01 3 Miles Easy Rest 12 Miles Long Rest
Week 14 3 Miles Easy 3 Miles Easy 10 Miles Speed-5×1600@9:12 2 Miles Easy Rest 12 Miles Long Rest
Week 15 4 Miles Easy 4 Miles Easy 8 Miles Tempo-6M@10:01 3 Miles Easy Rest 13 Miles Long Rest
Week 16 Rest 3 Miles Easy 3 Miles Easy Rest 2 Miles Easy 2 Miles Easy 13.1
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How do you train?

My River Run recap proved just how little I trained and was able to get through a half marathon. But my time wasn’t good enough for what I wanted to accomplish. I started using the Runner’s World Smart Coach training app on my phone. Unfortunately I didn’t stick to it as much as I had liked, but I’m planning on using it for the Columbus Half. The things I like best about it include:

  • Easy to modify for your pace/distance of race/length of training time
  • The weeks are laid out so you know exactly what you’ll be doing throughout the whole training period
  • Change up of base miles/workouts/tempo runs
  • Glossary of terms for beginning runners

I’m hoping that by using the training app, I’ll be able to bring down my time on the half marathon, and I can use it for other future races.

What training methods do you use? Any suggestions?