The most important thing to do when choosing a race whether it be a 5k, 10k, triathlon, marathon, or half marathon is choosing a training schedule. It’s imperative that you slowly work your body up to whatever amount of mileage you intend on running as to avoid injury.
I usually prefer to spend approximately 2-3 months training prior to race day. Race day is November 23rd, 2013 (only 71 days 11 hours 35 mins away) and I began my training about 10 days ago, leaving me about three months to get ready.
side note: I would like to take credit for keeping an exact hourly countdown until race day, but it’s on the race website… I’ll start my own countdown a little bit closer to the race.
When choosing my training schedule I kept my in mind how much time I could dedicate to running each week, how much time I wanted to spend preparing for the race, and how quickly I wanted my long runs to start getting looooonnnngg (I don’t start running over 6 miles until Week 5).
I’m currently on a 12-week training schedule for the Annapolis Half Marathon. I run five times a week with one cross training day, and one day as a rest day. In addition, I lift weights five days a week. Currently I’m on Week 2 and seeing as it’s Thursday I ran 3 miles this morning.
Below is my schedule (Monday is my cross-training day and Friday is my rest day):
There are all sorts of different schedules out there. I usually google “half marathon training schedules” and do my own personal research from there. There is a plethora of information about beginner, intermediate, and advanced training schedules. You can play with how many weeks you train before a race, how often you cross-train vs. actually run, the amount of miles you work up to before the race, and so forth. Please don’t feel as if there is a cookie-cutter way to get ready for a race!
If you are interested in looking up a training schedule for any type of race feel free to ask! Finding a training schedule can be overwhelming, and having an extra set of eyes scrolling the internet for a schedule that fits your schedule can always help. Let me know if I can help 🙂