Friday, September 18, 2015

Half Marathon Scheduler

I've been training for a Half Marathon.  Don't get me wrong...I'm not a runner...or really even a jogger...but I'm doing it anyway (okay, and I'm tagging along with my sister - misery loves company I suppose!).   If I'm being honest, it's one of those "life bucket list" items I'd like to get crossed off my list sooner than later.

When I signed up for the run, I started Googling to try to figure out what the heck I had gotten myself into and I started looking at training schedules.  I saw several but none that fit my schedule so I came up with my own...

You can download an editable Excel document HERE so you can cater to your own schedule.  Or download the non-edible PDF version HERE if your schedule fits the same as mine!  You can fill in your own dates on the first column.  Then the little "check-box" columns are so I can log what I actually ran that day.  Because come on, life happens and some days you just don't do what you intended to!

I didn't want to run or cross-train on Sunday.  I just wanted to rest.  So that put my long run on Saturday which was perfect because the hubsters could be home to deal with kids while I was out enjoying myself :).  

I also usually swim laps on Tuesdays and Thursdays so those days seemed logical to do my cross-training.  Mondays and Wednesdays then filled in as my short-run days and Fridays, well, they came to be another day to rest and gear up for my long run on Saturday.

Is it perfect?  No, but it works for me and is manageable with my schedule.

The distances I picked to run each week seemed to be pretty uniform with all the schedules I saw out there.  Most recommended to run a 5K and a 10K which you'll see in my schedule on weeks 6 and weeks 9.  But I doubt I'll be running those weeks as an actual race.  I've run  a few 5K's so I at least kind of know what to expect at a race.  But if you have never run a race, I'd probably recommend doing one before your half.

Good luck with your training for your upcoming Half Marathon!

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