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Week 1 ~ 1/2 Marathon training and getting back on track

Monday, May 05, 2008

This week I am starting a half marathon training program, I would like to do a half marathon by October if all goes well.
I'm combining Dan Finagers Rookie Marathon training plan from Runners world and the Hal Higdons 12 week 1/2 marathon program. What I am doing is using the Hal Higdons schedule but switching to the different types of runs from the other program. Also I am adding the extra running day from the Dan Finager program.

So this is what week 1 should look like:
Monday: Strength train & Cross train
Tues: 3 mile easy run
Wed: 2-3 mile easy run & strength train
Thurs:3 mile run
Friday: Strength train
Saturday: 4 mile easy run
Sunday: 2-3 mile easy run

The first 2 weeks of this program have only easy runs and after week 2 Tempo, Fartlek, Repeats & hill repeats are added in.
I'm also going to have to add in biking and swimming somewhere for cross training seeing I plan on doing a Triathlon in July and would like to do one more in the fall if possible.

I need to get back to my clean eating, it really makes a difference. For the last week I have kind of strayed from it and have been eating a lot of greasy fried foods and other junk I should not be eating and I really can feel the difference in my energy level and mood. Also, when I run it seems to take a lot more effort .... I kind of feel like I'm going backwards as far as progress goes. My 4 mile run yesterday was more like 4 miles of torture!

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    Congrats on your plans! I just stumbled along your blog, and am starting my half marathon training now for the Rock and Roll 1/2 marathon in Va Beach on August 31. How do you like your training so far? I found the Hal Higdons program which I'm implementing today being day 1. No matter what happens congrats to your training!
    4800 days ago
    Good luck w/ the program! I'm a recent convert to really clean eating, and wholeheartedly endorse the idea! I've just noticed I feel so much more healthy and light (even though I haven't really lost any weight as I'm on maintenance) and I am much less bloated than I was before. I can really tell the difference when I can't eat as cleanly for some reason (like last weeks eat out extravaganza!) and it feels much better to be back on the wagon.

    I did a half a few years ago in training for a marathon that I never ran (sprained ankle), and it was really fun. I did enjoy the training, it sounds like you have a good plan going, so you should do well.
    4826 days ago
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    It's funny that you should talk about getting back to clean eating. I just finished lunch and was thinking of exactly the same thing. When I eat healthy, I feel healthy. When I start to go back to the "trash", nothing seems to go as well. So I wonder what is it that makes us return to the unhealthy struff?
    Good luck with your training!
    \ Glad to see Cassie was here before me. If you ever need inspiration on sticking to your running, talk it over with Cassie.
    Hope to see you on the deck.
    Life is good!

    4827 days ago
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    I just finished up a half-marathon training plan, and you are just starting yours. I am thinking of starting another one though. I like the structure that a plan gives me. I do much better when I can see where I'm going. Good luck with the training, and also with the triathlons.
    4827 days ago
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