Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Gearing Up

74 days until the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon!
The 10-week training plan I chose to use (from Runner's World) officially starts Monday, but I'm getting a head start. I have to be cautious with my training since things didn't go to well when I was training for the Broad Street 10 Miler, which I took a DNS for due to my stress fracture, and my heightened risk of injury due to osteopenia. While an injury can happen in the blink of an eye, I'm going to do my best to pay attention to aches and pains and push myself, but not to the extreme. I think this plan is conservative enough to get me to the start line but flexible enough that I can push myself. While I wish I could run every day, I've found out the hard way that if I want to run for many years to come, that's just not something I can do. I love having the structure of a training plan to keep me on track and focused, so it's exciting to get started ticking off the workouts.


I'm looking forward to this race for several reasons. 1) It's in Michigan and my parents will be there, 2) the route goes to Canada and back, 3) we also get to go to the Michigan State/U of M at Spartan Stadium the day before, 4) we get to celebrate my Dad's birthday with him, 5) I just found out a college friend is running the full! The fact that we'll be at a Big Ten Football game the day before is also somewhat nerve wracking, it's not really a restful way to spend the day before a half marathon that starts at 7am, but it'll be a great weekend.

  • Do you prefer training plans or going with the flow?
  • What was the most interesting race route you've run?
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Yesterday's workout -
3mile run
2x20 leg press
2x18 resistance band woodchop
2x18 seated row
2x15 weighted back extension
125 ab exercises
1mile stationary bike
stretching

Today's workout -
36min elliptical
125 ab exercises
2x40sec plank
2x18 cable push-down
2x18 squats
foam roller
stretching

8 comments:

Lauren said...

I like a training plan though some weeks can't be bothered/life gets in the way. The least interesting route I've run is Queens and this years route even less interesting that the boring route of last year. Most interesting? Chicago or NYC marathons. Your race sounds great to Canada and back, who can say that?

Lauren said...

I like a training plan though some weeks can't be bothered/life gets in the way. The least interesting route I've run is Queens and this years route even less interesting that the boring route of last year. Most interesting? Chicago or NYC marathons. Your race sounds great to Canada and back, who can say that?

Erika said...

That will be so fun to be back in Michigan! I too will be at a football game the day before - we have season tickets to MSU!

I am most likely running this with my friend or my hubby, just need to figure out logistics with our daughter! Best of luck with the training!!

Raquelita said...

Oh, I'm excited to follow your training for what sounds like an awesome race! I like having a training plan, but I tend to try to think of it as a set of suggestions and that it's not a big deal if I need to move a run or miss one here and there.

Michelle said...

Sounds like a great race! I'm definitely much better off when I have a training plan...helps me to stay focused! Good luck with your training!

Jess said...

Are you using the three day/week plan from RW? I used that one to train for my spring half and loved it. Good luck!

Susan said...

I usually wing training.... just making sure I get the long runs in, but I'm not a good person to ask as I've made mistakes like forgetting I was to be training and trained for a half in just 6 weeks.... yeah, not my best moment for sure. Oh, and how much will you have that weekend.... it will be all worth it!

Portfolio Management said...

I'll be running the Detroit half also good luck.

Tim