It’s 97 days til my first half marathon, and I am scared. I’ve spent the last 2 days researching all sorts of training plans. I’ve looked at runners world, various marathon training sites, the plans on the BUPA website, even the VLM training plans, but I ended up back where I started – with Hal Higdon. I originally came across this via a link on jogblogs page. I seem to recall (tho I can’t find it now) that she called it a a no nonsense training plan – none of these faffy interval and tempo runs, just good straight forward running. Ah ha, I thought, that’s what I need – I’ll worry about improving my speed once I know I can actually get round 13.1 miles. The novice programme assumes you can run 3 miles 3 or 4 times a week, and aims to take you from there to 13.1 miles in 12 weeks – the intermediate programme assumes you can run a bit further to begin with. I couldn’t decide which I was so I decided to make my own plan up, based around my club running days and the days I can’t run due to work, and came up with a plan that I think will work for me.
Todays run should have been 3 miles. I did 2.75 – I know, I know slightly shy of the desired distance, however I did RUN IT ALL, with the help of Cheryl running along side me and my new mantra; buns of steel, buns of steel, buns of steel – said in time to footfall. Even after a nasty little hill I kept plodding on; when my calves were screaming, when my breath was rasping, when my feet went numb, I kept on with my little plod. I felt GREAT at the end but was gutted when I looked at my runkeeper and realised that a) I had left the setting as cycling and b) it hadn’t recorded the distance. That was easily fixed when I got home and as it was a road run we did I just editted the map to match our route, and was pleasantly surprised when it mapped 2.75m and an average pace of 11m 08s oer mile. I suspected that was my fastest pace for a while and this was confirmed with a nice little email from runkeeper saying well done.
So, a small run but one I am pleased with tonight, tomorrow calls for 2 miles or 20 minutes cross training – I think Missy is in for a treat! Oh, and my bottom is NOT sore from yesterday at all! Either the gel seat I have is AWESOME or my bottom is strong from the running!