I was already really excited about my spring half-marathon season in late 2012. "Season" feels weird to say, like I'm an athlete or something... but when I have three half-marathons and a destination 10 miler lined up in the span of 3 months, I'm not sure what else to call it!
But now, after my slightly disastrous second half-marathon, I am officially psyched for a redemption race at the NYC Half. I had incredible luck with lotteries, although my bank account feels a tad bit less lucky (Mint.com's alert about how much I was over my exercise budget made me very, very sad). So I'm racing the NYC Half-Marathon in March, the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and the Nike Women's Half-Marathon, both in D.C. and both in April, and the NJ Long Branch Half-Marathon in May.
The first one is the NYC Half, and it's the one I'm really hoping to break 2 hours in because I live in NYC, I have quite a few friends running it, and I'll be able to have friends and Sourabh rooting for me on the sidelines.
So I'm going to take my training very seriously. I'm using Hal Higdon's Intermediate Training Program, adapted a bit to add in yoga because I want to avoid any more muscle issues.
In addition, I'm going to commit to foam rolling. I watch a TV show almost every single day, so there is no reason for me not to foam roll while I watch. I also shortchange stretching every. single. workout. That has to change if I want to stay injury-free (which, um, yes... yes I want to stay injury free). And I'll be working with my trainer, Amanda, on calf, glute and quad-strengthening exercises. (Check out her tips on making the most of a personal trainer from yesterday!)
So here's the program I'll be following as of next week!
A few notes: RP means "race pace," which for me will be 8:45 or so. Runner's World has a great article on how to do a tempo run. Abby of Run Stronger Every Day wrote a wonderful guide to speed work in general for newbies like myself. Strength workouts might be a class or an in-gym workout (and since I need to not get any more Mint you're-over-budget-you-profligate-hoe alerts, a workout in my building's gym needs to happen more often).
Are you training for a spring half-marathon? I want to hear about your training plans!! What are your goals?