I have switched to a different training plan for my half marathon in October.
The plan I was using didn’t work for me this time (it did the first time) and it made me more and more “unhappy” and unmotivated. It became more and more difficult to get up and go out for a run. I decided to search the internet to see if I could find a different plan and I found a training plan of 12 weeks by Hal Higdon.
I’m going a few steps back in the mileage but on the other hand the mileage builds up faster than the plan I used and I will be able to run a half in October. I had a finish time in mind but after a few weeks of training I realized it was too ambitious at this moment and I adjusted it to a slower finish time (but still under 2 hours and 30 minutes). The new plan has easy, tempo, speedwork, pace and long runs. I did have to switch my mind because some of my running days are changing and it has 5 runs a week instead of the 4 I do know. If 5 runs a week proves to be too much, I’ll drop the weekly easy run of 3 miles. I hope this plan will work better for me but I think it will. Wish me luck.
Weekend plans: today we have a housewarming party in the afternoon of a colleague of R. It “messes” a bit with the Tour de France that I’ve been watching this past week because it’s so thrilling. In case you want to know: I want Andy Schleck to win this tour. I don’t like Cadel Evans. I’m recording the Tour and watch it when we get back home.
And tomorrow is the big day: I’m going to meet my blogger friend Amy in the morning for coffee. I really look forward to that.
My long run of today was 8K (5 miles). Very strong wind today (we’re expecting lots of rain and hard wind this weekend). Lucky for me I had it against me the first part of the run, after that it got easier.
My new pace for my long runs is 7:10 /km and I kept it at that. Still few walking breaks but overall a good run.
Weather: cloudy with a bit of sunshine, very strong wind, 15C (59 degrees)
Distance: 8 K / 5 miles
Average time: 7:09 /km
Average speed: 8.4 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Survivor – Eye of the tiger.
365 days photo challenge 2011
Day 202 – Thursday July 21
Bella saying Hi to a horse
Day 203 – Friday July 22
Playground close by my house.