I'm torn on what to use for my next training plan:
- I was pretty pleased with Hal Higdon's Intermediate (with a little Advanced thrown in) for my April and May half marathons this year.
- I tried to pick a goal time range faster than my previous best time, and looked up equivalent paces for training using the McMillan running calculator (5k, 10k paces for speed work)
- From my actual training paces, I tried to figure out where in that range it was looking like an attainable race time would be for me.
- Heather from Miss Fancy Pants Tris passed along a training plan from Women's Running that she thought looked good, and I agree!
- Involves 3 target runs a week and gives paces for training runs (easy, long, tempo, race pace) based on your half marathon time goal.
- I like 3-4 runs a week, 5 can get a little tiring and tough with weekend traveling.
- My 2:56-marathoner friend Ben says I just have to work on getting more comfortable with my goal half marathon pace, gradually build my distance at that pace, and if I can get up to 10 miles at that pace, I'll be able to do 13.1 miles at that pace.
- He says 400s and 800s are probably not all that helpful in improving half marathon time.
- He also says hills will build leg strength but won't necessarily help increase my pace.
- He also thinks I could aggressively train for a 9:00 pace this September (eek!)
- My 5/22 half was at a 10:20 pace; I'm not sure I want to push that hard?
-I know I'll be out of town for 2 or 3 weekends in July, maybe another weekend in August, and a long weekend in early September.
- Summer is here and I have a VERY reduced work schedule for the next 10 weeks, so my running/workout schedule is pretty open with the exception of the above travel.
-I don't currently belong to a gym (haven't since end of April), but plan to re-up soon so I will have access to a treadmill for speed work on super hot 90F+ days.
-I will be doing several of my longer weekend runs with a work friend who is also training for a fall half marathon. I can't be too much of a control freak with my pace on runs with someone else. The pace on our last run ranged from 10:20-11:30 and we talked the whole time. So not as slow as a long runs should be; yet not fast enough to be a pace run. I like the social running, I just don't really know where this type of run falls in to my soon-to-be training schedule.
Sooo I'm thinking a reasonable- but still needing to work for it- goal will be a 9:50 pace (2:09 half marathon). If I am being ambitious - and if I work my butt off and race conditions (i.e. temperature/humidity) are good - maybe I could reach for a couple minutes faster, like 2:06?
Thoughts? Do I have a reasonable time goal? Am I crazy?
Talk amongst yourselves.