(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?