Side note. I actually had a race photo I like taken in Oakland. Yes, I bought it, crazy I know. Now I have a better Oiselle team profile pic!
I paid for it, so it needs to be shared on the blog.
Now back to training schedules. In the last few days, I've been thinking about how I can improve my training and follow a real schedule without losing the fun aspects of running that I love so much. I want something that lets me do the runs I want to do while also guiding me on quality workouts like speed and tempo runs. I don't feel the need to drop back down to 6 or 7 mile long runs as I used to do for the Hal Higdon plans. After a few Twitter friend suggestions and my subsequent research, I've decided to use the Hansons half marathon training plan as my guide. In addition to the website info, I picked up the Hansons Marathon Method book and it arrived from Amazon today. If all goes well, I hope to use the Hansons marathon training plan when it comes time for CIM training this fall.
The half marathon plan looks like this:
Credit: Hansons Website
Even at first glance I know this plan suggests running one more day per week than I usually do; I'm more a 4-5 day runner than 6. I think recovery days are important and I know I can't jump right into a big mileage increase, so at first I'll be dropping the Friday run each week. I'm also a Saturday long runner and will make appropriate changes to fit my schedule. Even so, I believe following this guide for long run mileage, recovery mileage, and tempo mileage will be really helpful. Plus I get to keep my favorite weekend long run distance of 10 miles going.
My schedule uses this plan with the target race being the SF 2nd Half Marathon on June 16. I also have the Eugene Half on April 28 as a mid-schedule race tune-up. I love half marathons, so I won't necessarily be dropping any for one big goal race. I prefer to have a few to look forward to, especially when some go well and some just...don't.
In addition to a new training plan, I'll be checking in again with my weekly training recaps and how everything is going. I know it might be boring, but of course you don't need to read them if so! I find I enjoy reading about training plans, so hopefully I'm not the only one.
What training plans are your favorite? Do you change it up often?