I just looked at the calendar and I kinda freaked out… (Actually I freaked out a lot). I only have 10 weeks left to train for the Chilly Half Marathon! Eeeeek! Two and a half months seems so far away, but when I consider my current fitness level, and how hard it is for me to run even 3 miles (5k), How on earth will I ever be ready to run a half marathon in just over two months? 10 weeks seems like not nearly enough time!
But I can do this! And you can too!
(I’m assuming that if you’re reading this you have a half marathon in a few months from now too).
I sat down tonight came up with a 10 week training plan based on the plans found on a few websites, and in a whole pile of my running books (most notably the 15 week “Finish It” plan from the book “Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line – and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity” which I highly recommend you read, especially if you have say 15 weeks to train…). But alas, I only have 10 weeks to train and no amount of procrastination will ever give me more weeks to train.
And here’s what I came up with:
10 week half marathon training plan:
This training plan assumes you’ve been running for at least four weeks and can run 30 minutes without stopping before beginning the schedule.
There’s no fancy hill, strength or speed workouts because the goal is just to get to the start line uninjured, and perhaps weighing 5lbs less than when you started training. There are 4 running days – 3 are “easy runs” and the Saturday run is the long run. I’ll be doing some cross-training on the rest days (most likely on Tuesdays) and you can too. As well, I’ll be doing pushups and planks everyday to complement the training because a strong core and a strong upper body really helps with speed, perhaps more so than any hill training ever could.
So that’s it – run 4 times a week, do some pushups and planks and in 10 weeks you and I will both be able to finish a half marathon. 10 weeks doesn’t seem like enough time to train for a half marathon, but with this 10 week half marathon training plan you and I will be more than ready!
If I can do it, so can you!!
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