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910 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 12, 2012 3:41 PM by noraspberries RSS
jclick Rookie 5 posts since
Mar 13, 2010
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Oct 12, 2012 5:32 AM

1/2 Marathon Training questions

So last year (around Feb 2011) my wife and I started running and set a goal to run a 15K a year from then. We were both not runners so this was a big goal. We did the 15K and kinda lost interest after that. We live in Florida so running in the summer isn't fun. Well, the end of summer came and our interest in running picked up again. Our goal this year is to run a 1/2 marathon in Feb 2013. Since we've got several weeks I decided that we do a 15K training plan and when that ended to do a beginners 1/2 marathon training plan. We started the plan but I always lose interest when it comes to the non-running days... you know the cross training; stretch and strength training, etc. I enjoy running. All of the other stuff not so much. I made up my own training plan that doesn't include those things. Just running. I tried to plan it around our other activities which seem to always get in the way. I pasted our plan below. What do you think? Too agressive? Not agressive enought? Need to add things? Right now we are comforable running 6 miles. We've got a 7 mile this weekend.

 

 

 

 

weekDateMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
110/1-10/72 mile
    Gage- football
Gage- footballMM group run - 3 mileGage- footballGage-  football
    Marine 5K
Jag Game
    4 mile run
210/8-10/142  mile
    Gage- football
Gage-  football
    Bold City Brewery
Gage-  football
    1st Place Sports  Group
7  mile run
    Cask Meeting
    Gage- football
310/15-10/212 mile runMM group run - 3 mile3  mile run
    1st Place Sports  Group?
7  mile run
    Octoberfest-ST Aug
Octoberfest-ST Aug
410/22-10/282 mile runMM group run - 3 mile3 mile run8 mile run
510/29-11/42 mile runMM group run - 3 mileHalloween3 mile run8  mile run
    Black Creek Bowl
611/5-11/112 mile runMM group run - 3 mile5 mile runSavannahCask  Meeting
    Savannah
Savannah
711/12-11/182 mile runMM group run - 3 mile4  mile run
    Denise- Breaking Dawn
8 mile run
811/19-11/252 mile runMM group run - 3 mileThanksgiving
    4 mile run
Black Friday Shopping9 mile run
911/26-12/2MM group run - 3 mile2 mile run4 mile run9 mile run
1012/3-12/92 mile runMM group run - 3 mile4 mile runCask  Meeting
    9 mile run
1112/10-12/162 mile runMM group run - 3 mile4 mile run10 mile run
1212/17-12/232 mile runMM group run - 3 mile4 mile run10 mile run
1312/24-12/30Xmas Eve
    Xmas
2 mile run4 mile run10 mile run
1412/31-1/6New Years Eve
    New Years Day
2 mile run4 mile run11 mile run
151/7-1/13MM group run - 3 mile2 mile run4 mile runCask  Meeting
    11 mile run
161/14-1/202 mile runMM group run - 3 mile4 mile run11 mile run
171/21-1/272 mile runMM group run - 3 mile4 mile run12 mile run
181/28-2/32 mile runMM group run - 3 mile4 mile run13 mile run
192/4-2/102 mile runMM group run - 3 mile4 mile runCask  Meeting
    10 mile run
202/11-2/17MM group run - 3 mile2 mile runDonna Half Marathon
  • skypilot77 Legend 1,077 posts since
    Dec 16, 2009
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    1. Oct 12, 2012 6:38 AM (in response to jclick)
    1/2 Marathon Training questions

    The plan should get you to the finsh line.

     

    One suggestion: I'd turn those 2 mile runs into 4 half-mile intervals, or 8 quarter-mile intervals where you concentrate on putting a little focus on speed, or perhaps some hill work.





  • skypilot77 Legend 1,077 posts since
    Dec 16, 2009
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    3. Oct 12, 2012 7:56 AM (in response to jclick)
    1/2 Marathon Training questions

    It is not a crazy question.

     

    In interval is a specified distance. In my suggestion I used a quarter mile and half mile intervals.

     

    To run an interval you have to know the distance on the ground. Point A to Point B. If you are using a GPS watch it will measure the distance for you.

     

    An interval, because it is a shorter distance, you run it at a faster pace. This is done with turning the feet over more quickly, not longer strides.

     

    Starting out -- with whatever distance you choose --- do not run it like a 100 meter dash. You simply want to pick up the pace. This will get your body moving faster.

     

    Certainly is you choose a half mile over a quarter mile --- the half mile pace will not be as fast as a quarter mile. The idea is to start pushing your body to move quicker.

     

    After you run your first interval, you then walk for a while. There are formulas for this. But starting out -- walk half the distance you ran. Then run your next interval. walk, run, walk, etc.

     

    This will show results later down the road with both your breathing (made easier), and your ability to run longer distances more quickly.

     

    A track is a good place to start doing these as each lap is close enough to a quarter-mile.





  • noraspberries Rookie 2 posts since
    Mar 19, 2011
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    4. Oct 12, 2012 3:41 PM (in response to skypilot77)
    1/2 Marathon Training questions

    honestly it looks pretty good, but you might want to do a 5 mile 5 mile and then longer run every week especially as it gets closer.

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