So, at the start of this year I (stupidly) signed up to run a half marathon in May – The Great Manchester Run. I wanted to push myself and see how far I could take my running, and after running several 10k races, a half marathon seemed the next logical step. I must admit, I didn’t expect May to roll around quite so fast!
It seemed ages away when I first signed up back in December. I thought I’d have ages to train and build up my distance, but the reality is I haven’t done nearly as many longer runs as I’d like to have done by this stage and I’m starting to panic that I won’t be able to do it.
I thought I’d do a quick post to show what training I have been doing, using this last week as an example. I have been loosely following an Asics training plan for the past 12 weeks, but I must admit that I haven’t managed to do every run due to life getting in the way.
The plan generally consists of 4 runs a week, including a longer run on a Sunday. I have adapted it slightly by mixing in some intervals as well as strength training in between runs such as body pump, yoga or some weights in the gym.
Half Marathon Training – 4 weeks to go
Saturday – Park Run (3.1 miles fast)
Sunday – 9 miles (steady pace)
Monday – BODY PUMP (strength training)
Tuesday – REST DAY
Wednesday – Intervals (Treadmill – 3.7 miles) + strength training
Thursday – Run Club Run (5 miles – steady pace)
Friday – Gym – Strength training
Half Marathon Training – 3 weeks to go
So the plan for next week is as follows..
Saturday – Park Run (3.1 miles fast pace) – DONE!
Sunday – 9/10 mile run (steady pace)
Monday – Body Pump / strength training
Tuesday – REST DAY
Wednesday – 3 mile jog (slow pace)
Thursday – Run club (7.5 miles – steady pace)
Friday – GYM – Strength training
Saturday – Park Run (3.1 miles – fast pace)
Sunday – 11 mile run
So that’s what I’ve been doing pretty much over the last 12 weeks, although I’ve only just started to up the distance from a couple of weeks ago.
I just hope I can do this!! If I do manage to complete this half marathon, it will be a huge achievement for me. I never thought anything like this would be possible after my scoliosis surgery. I’m so nervous about it right now.
Oh and just in case you are interested, when I do strength training at the gym this includes the below. I tend to do this in between running days or if I can’t get onto body pump. Currently aiming for twice a week.
Half Marathon Training – Strength Training
Chest Press – 3 x sets of 12
Leg Press – 3 x sets of 12
Lat Pull Down – 3 x sets of 12
Shoulder Press – 3 x sets of 12
Low Row Pulley – 3 x sets of 12
Squat Thrusts – 3 x sets of 12
Squats – 3 x sets of 12
Plank – 3 x 1 minute
I’ll update how I get on after the event.. eeeek!!! Never give up on your dreams! 🙂