I have picked out my goal race for the spring and I’m ready to talk training. I’ll be racing the Shamrock Half Marathon in March and my goal is to run a sub 2 hour half marathon. After much debate and analyzing, I’ve settled on my Shamrock Half Marathon training plan and am happy to share that plan here with you all.
I have decided to adapt the Hansons Half-Marathon plan for my training this winter and spring. I have heard a number of good things about Hansons and I learned about the Half-Marathon plan from reading Jennifer at Running on Lentils. Her blog (and reading the book) basically convinced me to give Hansons a try. I’m not going to go into the science of the plan, but it’s basically built on the concept of cumulative fatigue. The idea is to train your body to be able to run successfully when you are tired at the end of a race. I am super excited about this plan and it’s a big increase in mileage for me (in terms of half marathon training). I’ll basically be running almost the same number of miles that I ran while training for a marathon, which is crazy, but true! The plan is 18 weeks and since I’m not starting to “officially” train until next week (I needed a break after 20 races this year), I did some adjusting of the plan. I also switched the long run days – I run long on Saturdays, not Sundays, so I switched that up.
As you can see above (you can click the image to enlarge it), my paces are ranges for many workouts. There aren’t specific paces for a 1:59 half marathon – there are paces for a 2:02 half and a 1:55 half. So I just kind of went in between those paces. I expect to adjust the paces a bit (hopefully more towards the 1:55 paces) as training goes on. Also, the total mileage for each week isn’t 100% exact because I got tired of figuring out the mileage for 1000m repeats and the like, honestly! I will be tracking each workout, though so I’ll know my total mileage – this is just an estimate.
Honestly, I’m very nervous about this training cycle. But I really want to go for it and I’m confident that I can get great results by putting in the work. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you, right? I only have a bit over 4 minutes to cut off my half marathon time. I know I can do this!
Have you used Hanson training method before? Any tips? Anyone want to run together? 🙂