Training, Planning, and Racing

Running is going really well for me right now. I think part of it is that I like my training plan better this time. It's the Hal Higdon Intermediate one. People from my old running club had been raving about it, so I decided to try it out. I'm in the middle of week 7 right now.
Hal Higdon Intermediate Half Marathon Training Plan
I had an 8-mile run last weekend. My average pace was a 9:08. I had run 8 miles the weekend before on the treadmill (I was actually supposed to race a 10k last weekend.. I decided to just run 8 miles again instead) and my average pace was a 9:35. And as I've looked back at my "long" runs, my pace has actually gotten better, even though I'm running a little longer each week. So that's encouraging! Half marathon PR on the way? Hopefully!

I also just had a really good workout last night! My 400 splits were 1:53, 1:54, 1:40, 1:54, 1:54, 1:56, 1:55, 2:13 (had to turn around in the middle of last one so it slowed me down). But man! I haven't run that fast in a while. Granted I wasn't on a track, so my Garmin could have been a little off sometimes. I'm suspicious of that 1:40 split but I may have had some downhill on that one.

So training is good. My goals for 2012 are for the most part on track. The part that I realized is gonna be the hardest is to do 6 half marathons for 2012. I decided on that goal because I wanted to make sure I carried my training through the year (instead of training for a half and then getting lazy afterwards). Doing one every other month didn't seem too hard. However, I got kind of a late start. First first half marathon is not until April 1st. I honestly don't think I could have done one sooner with the state I was in the beginning of the deployment.. but anyways I sat down to try to plan out my races..

Holy crap, it's gonna be hard. I am also signed up for a race at the end of April.. but that was before we knew when R&R was and the timing might not be good for when he is here. *Sigh* So I signed up for that one, but I might not be able to run it. Not that I'll care too much at the time, because James will be here. I also don't want to do one too close to the Marathon. And I don't know exactly when James is coming home, so I won't be able to commit to anything too late in the year. Dangit. I am starting to worry about fitting all these half marathons in. It's hard to plan races around the military.


  1. Your plan looks hardcore. You run 5 days a week, and the majority of those runs are consecutive! Wow! Right now I'm waffling between 3 and 4 days a week. Hopefully I won't regret it come marathon time!

    I agree that Army life makes race planning difficult. My husband ended up coming home for R&R the week before a half marathon I had registered for. I did not run that race, easiest decision ever. It was part of a 4 race challenge though, so I missed getting an extra medal just because of that one race. Oh well.*


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