Training for my first half
It’s official – we are training for a half marathon! T is doing it with me, which is a surprise since running is not his favorite form of athletics, but fun.
I took Hal Higdon’s intermediate plan and modified it slightly for our travel schedule, removed the 15k, and moved the 10k to a weekend where it actually existed. Two of the weekend long runs are replaced with hiking trips. Because I doubt we’ll be doing a long run after a 10-12 mile backpack.
This is my first time experimenting with speed work long term – I’ve done some intervals here and there and some speed play in normal runs, but I’ve never followed a prescribed program with regular speed work.
Yesterday was our first running day, just 3 miles. Since i haven’t run in so long, I think I took it too hard. I’m basically pretty slow, but the point of Tuesday/Thursday runs isn’t speed, and I shouldn’t push myself on those days.
I also discovered I donated my ipod armband for my 1st gen nano! Somehow it got mixed in with the goodwill stuff. I’m thinking of getting a hydration belt with a pouch and using that to hold my things. What do you all think? Do you use them for longer runs, or do you just stop by water foutains strategically placed on your route.
All in all, this half-marathon stuff will cost about $150 for registration and supplies, assuming I don’t need new shoes (I shouldn’t). Not counting travel and hotel if we drive — but that is travel and should be fun!
The other good thing is we’ll be in super shape for all our hiking plans, and especially for our big trip to Switzerland, where we’ll be doing some more hiking!