Saturday, January 2, 2010

Training Plan Woes....

So, I've essentially been absent from bloggy land for the past 2-3 weeks.  Hubby and I have been enjoying time together with the family.  Hubby's on his school "break", Braden has been out of preschool for the past 2 weeks and I've only worked 3 days in the past 2 weeks.  I count on working to get caught up on all my bloggy friends!  Thank goodness my work came to their senses and un-blocked blogger!  Anyway, I've been keeping up with my 15-20 mile/week plan.  I've essentially been sick since December 11th, so my runs have actually been pretty rotten...but at least I'm getting them done and not skipping any of my workouts.  My new gear has worked out great and I've come to really enjoy running in the snow and cold.  So peaceful and serene.  I've also gotten a chance to run with my friend a handful of times over the past few weeks.  I had forgotten how nice it is to run with someone!  Conversation always comes easy and the miles tick away quickly. 

As I look ahead to April and May, I have two half-marathons on my schedule.  They are 2 weeks apart and I'm really struggling to come up with a training plan.  I'm too new to this whole running thing to just make my own plan up without your guys' input!  However when I look at premade plans (Runner's World, Hal Higdon, Jeff Galloway, etc) they all do a 2-3 week taper.  Not sure how I fit in a taper with 2 halfs, two weeks apart?  I generally follow a novice plan, just because I can only physically leave the house 3 times a week to run.  Hubby and I have to share our morning workout time!  I've been running 5 miles, 2 days a week, so I suspect I will keep that up throughout the training plan.  I will also cross-train 3 days per week, and have one day for rest.  So my real question is, do I take my mileage up to like 15-16 miles (long run) for 2-3 weeks before the halfs?

The long run schedule would be something like this:
Week 1:  7 mi  (17 mi total)
Week 2:  8 mi  (18 mi total)
Week 3:  9 mi  (19 mi total)
Week 4:  10 mi  (20 mi total)
Week 5:  11 mi  (21 mi total)
Week 6:  12 mi  (22 mi total)
Week 7:  13 mi  (23 mi total)
Week 8:  14 mi  (24 mi total)
Week 9:  15 mi  (25 mi total)
Week 10:  15 mi  (25 mi total)
Week 11:  14 mi  (24 mi total)
Week 12:  12 mi  (22 mi total)
Week 13:  10 mi  (20 mi total)
Week 14:  13.1 mi RACE!  (23 mi total)
Week 15:  10 mi (20 mi total)
Week 16:  13.1 mi RACE! (23 mi total)

I want to make sure I have a strong base heading into the 2 halfs, but I don't want to over-do-it!  I don't have a time goal either.  My goal is to have fun and finish!  Maybe this plan is too much for me?  When I trained for my first half (using Jeff Galloway's plan) we would build up a few weeks and then go down in mileage for a week.  I also only ran 30-45 minutes, 2 days during the week.  I know at a minimum, if I do that I'll be okay....but for 2 halfs?  Input is definitely needed!

As for other 2010 goals....there will be more on that to come!  Let's just say I'm heading back to Weight Watchers, though!  I need to finish what I started....


TMB said...

Not being sure of where your fitness level is at now, I can't really say if this plan is too much for you (you'll probably be fine though). As for the whole taper thing, I have a friend who does the same thing with marathons 2-3 weeks apart. And this is what he does. He tapers normally for the first race, then uses a few days for recovery. He keeps his mileage low but keeps the intensity high in between the races. Seem to work for him. Hope that helps! Good luck!

RunnerGirl said...

I'm starting my half marathon training on Monday and still have NO idea which plan I'm following! I think the advice TMB gives above sounds good :)

Maureen said...

I think the plan sounds good. I think the biggest thing I've learned is listen to your body. Running two halfs is not easy to begin with let alone back to back! Good luck with it but if your body starts to tell you something is wrong...listen!

Morgan said...

I could send you my Half training plan I used last year, a friend made it for me, it was very doable and was based on my not being a very big runner at the time. I tailored it as needed and I did well.

It sounds like you will do just fine. As for the in between... you need to have a recovery week after the first no ifs ands or buts. You won't loose an ounce of fitness and will be more than ok to run another half that second week. Shoot me an email and I'll send you my old half plan as well as the recovery plan my coach made me for after the marathon that I think would work well for your double halfs.