My next challenge: Run Melbourne Half Marathon
A few weeks back after I realised I hadn’t been doing nearly enough running lately (in preparation for the Nail Can Hill fun run), I thought it was about time I put together a plan for the second half of the year – and my next fun run – so I didn’t come unstuck again!
At the start of the year I wrote down several fun runs I wanted to enter, a couple being half marathons! There is no way I can really “wing” a fun run of that length – especially if I keep training the way I have been at Crossfit (only an average of 2 classes a week – which is 1. So expensive and 2. Not keeping my fit).
My first half marathon for the year is Run Melbourne on Sunday 26th July, followed by another half marathon in Sydney with girlfriends on Sunday 20th September.
Last week was the 12 week mark before Run Melbourne, so two weeks ago I sat down and did a little research, had a chat to a couple of good runner friends of mine and came up with a 12 week half marathon training plan that incorporates 3 crossfit sessions a week. My ‘non negotiable’ part of my training is getting in those CrossFit training sessions – at $40 a week I need to get at least three sessions in to make it worthwhile!
I knew that I’d need to stick to a plan, I know that’s the best way I can train – I can physically see what I need to do to meet my goals. Watch me over the next few months as I write about my ongoing training in preparation for my second ever 1/2 marathon.
Week 1 Actual Training (4th – 10th May):
Tuesday: Crossfit session at 6.30pm.
Wednesday: My training plan called for a tempo run. I planned to run it after work, and it turned out the lights on the oval near my house were on – so I laced up my runners and ran around the oval. I aimed for 5.20 – 5.40min/km for the fast pace, and slowed down to 6.00min/km for the 3min recovery part.
Thursday: I decided to do my speed work while on my lunchbreak at work. I headed to the Botanical Gardens to do some hill sprints up Anderson Street. You can clearly see from my heart rate
Saturday: My plan originally stated a long run on Sunday, however I looked on the radar on Saturday that it was meant to be raining on Sunday. So I decided to head out on Saturday afternoon while it was actually quite mild for a 10km run. I felt ok and kept to a steady pace, but could tell I was working harder (and my heart rate went up) from the 40 minute mark onwards (see below).
This week I’m aiming for three definite CrossFit workouts and three runs including a long run, tempo and speed work.
Q. Are you training for anything at the moment?