So for my next challenge… I was very lucky enough to secure a place in the ballot of the Great North Run in September! (In Newcastle Upon Tyne)
To say I’m excited is an understatement. This is a huge race and a massive event in the running community.
Soooo… I need to up my training that’s for sure.
At the beginning of this year, I got a half marathon PB at the Wrexham Half Marathon (2hrs 2 mins!)
I then completed the Liverpool Rock and Roll half marathon in May, which was an amazing race but bad weather meant I didn’t manage to get a PB.
I would love to get a PB at Newcastle, but, I’m not sure if I have the time to train enough as it is only 9 weeks away and with a busy summer, I’m panicking now.
So I thought I’d document my training diary to kind of force me to do it, but also maybe to inspire someone else out there.
Ideally I would have started at 12 weeks before the race but life and holidays kind of got in the way, so I’m starting now, with 9 weeks to go!
I have found a training plan online and will kind of work to that loosely but fitting it round my full time job and busy life.
So lets start with this week (commencing 1st July). This is what I have done so far!
Half Marathon Training: WEEK COMMENCING 1st July – 9 weeks to go
MONDAY – GYM – STRENGTH TRAINING
TUESDAY – INTERVALS 11 x 130m sprints with 45 secs recovery (was supposed to be 13 but I died!) + 5 min Tempo run at 9.09m mile (target Half marathon pace)
WEDNESDAY – REST
THURSDAY – 4 mile run easy
FRIDAY – REST (was on holiday – Sunday)
SUN – would ideally be long run day but I’m away this weekend so will try and fit it in when I can.
I’ll be sharing my progress and pictures over on my Instagram – so please follow me and show your support. 🙂