I wrote recently about my intention to follow a good half-marathon training plan that I found online.
Everything had been going to plan, but to be honest, it’s not always easy to follow a training regimen.
First, I tweaked a back muscle while lifting weights, forcing me to cut down a 6-mile run to 4. And then I failed to eat enough the previous night and wound up getting woozy during a scheduled hill workout. I had to cut that one in half.
But, as the plan itself says, it is just a guideline for training – nothing is set in stone.
The reason I like this plan – one developed by famed running coach Hal Higdon – is that it mixes things up. There is a purpose to every workout and every rest day. It features runs of various distances and intensities, some time for overall strength training, and a rest day, which I think is important to any plan.
Here’s a quick look at next week’s schedule:
The subsequent weeks will add distance to the tempo runs and long runs, building up to the week before the race. The last week – called the taper – you decrease the miles and intensity to prepare for the race.
Whatever you’re training for, remember that every plan is a guideline. You can do your best to stick to it, and adjust as you go.