So as I mentioned, I spontaneously (and perhaps recklessly?) signed up for the Brooklyn Half Marathon with only about a month to train for it. D-day is May 18th, 2013.
…What the heck was I thinking?!?
Now obviously this is not an ideal (or an intelligent) timeframe to train for a 13.1 mile race but I’m going to attempt to take a smart approach in preparing for it. After a bit of frenzied Googling I thankfully came across the following article in Men’s Health Magazine: http://news.menshealth.com/half-marathon-training/2012/11/08/. To sum it up, training for a half marathon in a 1-month timeframe is not advised, but it is possible. Here are the main points from the article:
- Build up to a 10-mile run and add only about 10 percent volume a week.
- In addition – focus on RECOVERY, include a strength workout twice a week, and make sure to do some stretching and foam rolling.
I crafted my 1-month half marathon training plan based on the above points and also incorporated 5 days of CrossFit training into it (I couldn’t resist – at least it’s a healthy addiction?). Stir that together with a heavy dose of mobility work and recovery et voila!:
I feel much more confident now that I have a plan to guide my training. The hard part is sticking to it.
For all you distance runners out there – How many weeks did you take to train for your first half marathon and do you have any advice for sticking to a training plan?
Time to hit the pavement (and the foam roller)!