new workout plan.

5 Aug

(Listen to this while you read)…

So I’ve mentioned before that I’m running the Nike Women’s 1/2 Marathon in San Francisco on October 16. I’ve run 4 half-marathons previously – most recently in Madrid on April 3rd – and have been training for my next one “officially” now for about 3 weeks. I’m trying something new this time…instead of just getting in a long run once a week and running whenever I feel like it throughout the week, I am trying my best to diligently follow Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Half-Marathon training schedule.

I’m not positive I can keep up with this exactly once classes get going, but so far it’s been helpful for me to adhere to a routine – and the built-in variety of speed work, stretching (read: yoga) and strength training in a nice change-up.

For this Wednesday’s speed workout, I drove to UCLA’s Drake Stadium for 6 laps at a too-fast pace. There’s something about a track speed workout that is so gratifying (in an “I enjoy inflicting pain on myself” sort of way.) This morning, I dragged one of my buddies out of bed before he had to work for a quick little 2.5 mile loop around the neighborhood – and then took advantage of my downtime with a fat nap afterwards.

Tomorrow morning is my orientation with an LA-based running group – I’m hoping to get in some solid long runs in there and hopefully make the transition from half-marathoner to the full-fledged 26.2 bad boy.

What’s your workout plan? 

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10 Responses to “new workout plan.”

  1. Steve August 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    Naps aren’t for suckers.

  2. Kathy Satterfield August 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Gillian, Hi! I wanted to talk with your mom about the details of our visit tomorrow. My computer corrupted my contacts folder where I kept contact info. can you ask her to email or call me today? Thanks! Kathy

    • gillian August 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

      Will do! Looking forward to meeting you!

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport August 7, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    I HATE speed workouts. Probably why I NEVER do them! 🙂 I am into weights these days. I am trying to kill the “must cardio” mentality. So far so good – and my biceps can tell 🙂 Way to go in the track!

    • gillian August 7, 2011 at 11:53 am #

      Thank you! I know – it’s hard to break that cardio mentality, especially since it’s the easiest way to get those beloved endorphins! 🙂

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