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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Half Marathon Training Plan progress:


I've been sticking with the cardio and running plan, but skipping a lot of the strength training lately.

Still up in the air about whether this weekend should be my last long run (either one 12-miler or back-to-back 10Ks) or if I do both, one this weekend and one next. I'm supposed to taper off the week before the race. I just don't know.

Nutritionally, I've been lax too, though I'm within my total calorie budget numbers. Just not distributing them well between carbs, protein and fats. Doesn't show on this chart:


But at least I'm still running a deficit. Shouldn't be a weight loss deficit, and that proves true on the scale.

Just need to keep chugging along. Can't believe I actually look forward to my run days. Used to be running was my least favorite cardio exercise.
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    I'm going to take your advice. I have a hilly 10K loop I was planning to run clockwise on Saturday and counterclockwise on Sunday. What I'll do instead is run the CW loop to a point a half mile short, turn around and retrace the loop CCW. That'll be just over 11 miles.

    Hard to believe I'm actually considering it. Not too long ago, just completing that loop a single time seemed gargantuan. I think the hill profile will mimic, somewhat, the Heartbreak Ridge HM too.

    4272 days ago
    To decide what your workout should be, ask yourself a question.....

    Which one is going to benefit me the most?

    What is 2 back-to-back 10ks going to do for you? Work on endurance? Nope, 2x 6 miles is not the same as 12 straight. Work on speed? Yep, but from what I've read, speed isn't your limiter...

    As you're training for a HM and you've not run more than 10 miles (and that only once) then for me it's a no brainer. 11 miles. A 2 mile increase per week is going to injure you in the long run, remember the 10% rule of increasing miles/time! Run 11, nice easy pace, get your nutrition right and call it done.

    Oh, and tapering? VITALLY important. The only time I don't taper is if I'm racing a "training" race. Any race with "A" or "B" importance gets a taper.
    4272 days ago
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