Training Day #1

Today kicks off the start of the Virginia Beach Rock n Roll Half Marathon training. Twelve weeks until race day. Labor Day weekend I will be running 13.1 miles in the hot end of summer sun.  While I have run this race twice before, I have never run this race fully trained or at my full potential. I ran in 2010 after running no more than 5 miles at a time throughout the whole summer. In 2011 I ran with a baby along for the ride: 26 weeks pregnant. This year I will PR (or push myself until I puke!).

I’m trying to be a little (or maybe a lot) more smart about training. I’m adding in strength training. I plan on doing speed work. I will be running hill (or bridge) repeats. If I’m going to train through summer heat and humidity, I am going to be smart about it. I’m also being flexible with myself. Life with my family is always my first priority so if I have to run a long run on Sunday instead of Saturday, who cares. If I swap out Mondays easy run for Thursdays speed work because my legs feel ready that day and my work schedule is easier, I plan on doing it.  This year my training plan is about the big picture. I plan on doing the work so I can get the results I want.

Kristy’s Running Schedule

Virginia Beach Rock n Roll – September 2, 2012

 

Week

Mon

Tues

Weds

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

 

 

 

 

Strength

Strength

Yoga

   

Yoga

 

1

11-Jun

2 mi

Rest

2 mi

2 mi

Rest

3 miles

Rest

 

2

18-Jun

2 mi

Rest

3 mi

2 mi

Rest

4 miles

Rest

 

3

25-Jun

3 mi

Rest

3 mi

3 mi

Rest

4 miles

Rest

 

4

2-Jul

3 mi

Rest

4 mi

3 mi

Rest

5 miles

Rest

 

5

9-Jul

3 mi

Rest

4 mi

3 mi

Rest

6 miles

Rest

 

6

16-Jul

3 mi

Rest

5 mi

3 mi

Rest

8 miles

Rest

 

7

23-Jul

3 mi

Rest

5 mi

3 mi

Rest

10 miles

Rest

 

8

30-Jul

4 mi

Rest

5 mi

3 mi

Rest

11 miles

Rest

 

9

6-Aug

4 mi

Rest

6 mi

4 mi

Rest

12 miles

Rest

 

10

13-Aug

3 mi

Rest

5 mi

4 mi

Rest

9 miles

Rest

 

11

20-Aug

3 mi

Rest

4 mi

3 mi

Rest

8 miles

Rest

 

12

27-Aug

3 mi

2-3 mi

Rest

20 mins

20 mins

Rest

    13.1   

 

Strength Training: RKS Kettle Bells (why yes! I did order from an infomercial. I’ll give you an opinion on it once I have done enough to have an opinion.)

Yoga: Blissology (of course!)

Has any one every used McMillians Running Calculator to guide their training? I’m definitely intrigued by all the information.

Tonight’s run was an easy two-mile run around our neighborhood. I took my VERY hyper dog with me. I settled in and ran the entire run feeling comfortable. I was pretty surprised when I got home and saw that my watch said my pace was 10:13. My brain hasn’t completed shifted from preggo and post-preggo running, but I think it is time to let those labels go. From here on out, it is just me. It is just running. I am no longer a 13 minute pregnant runner. I am no longer an 11 and 12 minute post-baby runner. I’m finding my comfort zone as a runner now. I’m discovering ways to get out of my comfort zone. I’m learning to pushing myself again.

Today starts my journey back to just running.

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5 thoughts on “Training Day #1

  1. Sounds like a solid plan! I am also doing RnR for the second time. RnR was the first half I ever did. Good luck…do you ever long run with MRTT? I am thinking about it. I live off Shore so First Landing isn’t too far.

    1. Yay! I always try to meet up with them. You should come to one. Even on the days I ended up running solo (big and pregnant days), it is nice to see familiar faces on the trail. I love running the path off of Great Neck into the park for long runs too.

  2. Your plan and smart training will pay off! Very inspired by you pushing yourself and going for that PR lady! And in the summer heat at that!

    Last summer I did track workouts once a week using the McMillians Running Calculator as my guide. I hated every second of being on the hot track in the summer, but boy did it pay off. By the end of the summer I was seeing low 10’s and high 9’s on my watch as opposed to the 11+ minute miles I was used to.

    Best of luck to you as you start your training. Looking forward to reading about how it goes 🙂

    1. I think I’m going to give it a go too! I live a mile from a high school. I could easily jog there and run on their track. I plugged in some numbers last night on the calculator and was really surprised by what I saw. I think it might be fun to try to hit those goals (but not so fun on a track!)

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