Friday, November 13, 2009

My Running Shoes Behave

Today's Training:
30 Minutes Cross-Training
Bike Riding 5.4 Miles

My Modified Hal Higdon Half-Marathon Training Plan

OK... here it is, in all its color-coded glory

I call it modified because I opted to have one less running day each week on my schedule. After the way my body rebelled during my marathon training, I do NOT want to overdo it again. I also added an extra day of strengthening and stretching. My target areas to strengthen are my legs, arms, and core. I have three reasons for this:
  1. To look good in my Running Skirt (vanity, pure & simple)
  2. To be able to run faster and better
  3. To prevent injuries, especially to my knees
I'm sure many of you more experienced runners notice that I don't have any fancy running tricks on my schedule such as Fartleks, hill repeats, numbers X more numbers, and so on. To be honest, those things scare me... they seem so unrookie-like. I plan on incorporating speed work and Fartleks and maybe even some hill repeats as I become more confident with my training schedule. But I'm not going to jump into fancy foot-work right away.

Back in the Saddle
Well, not really a saddle... more like a bike seat. I went bike riding today to cross-train. It's been a while since I rode my bike. I'm not a huge fan of the bike... especially since my bike needs a tune-up and my pseudo-rural neighborhood doesn't seem to believe in bike paths.

It did feel good to ride my bike again. I didn't ride very far since I was only scheduled to cross-train for 30 minutes but I felt like I got a good workout. That's mostly because I kept the bike in thigh-burner gear. Not because I'm tough but because I still don't get the whole gear thing and also because the chain is more inclined to fall off or jam when I change gears.

Running:1 Biking: 0
Just an observation: My shoes never fall off when I switch gears from fast to slow & slow to fast while running.

Next Up
Tomorrow I will run four miles because that is what my good buddy, Hal, says to do.

High-Five Friday
  • Here's one for Tall Mom on the Run... She spent the day taking care of her vomiting husband. Good job and stay healthy, girl! I hope your hubby is feeling better.
  • Michelle at LetsRollMama gets one for being sort of new to the Running Blogger World. Check out her blog! She is sure to put a smile on your face, especially if you are a running mom.
  • Another new blogger to me is Tricia at Endurance Isn't Only Physical. She gets a high-five this Veteran's Day week for being a being a proud wife of an active-duty army man. Thanks for your sacrifice, Tricia... and thanks to your husband! If you haven't checked out her blog, do it! She's an inspiration.

Happy Friday, Running Blogger Friends!


Meg Runs said...

Escondido? We're practically neighbors! It's fun to have a close blogger! I enjoyed your blog and your post, great reasons for running..."to look good in a skirt!" is good enough for me! Thanks for visiting my blog and for the comments...the ZOOT Company isn't open to the public, it's the official research place! Keep up the great running, which half are you going to do?

Our Love On The Run said...

Your training plan looks GREAT!!! I see a PR in your future! Kudos to you for removing 1 day of running! Less usually turns out to be more when it comes to weekly mileage. Well, unless u only run like 5 miles a week...then you're in trouble. Which half are you doing?

Our Love On The Run said...

PS- you ran the RNR San Diego Marathon??! How was it? My fiance and I are going to Cali for our Honeymoon to run it together!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Looks like a great training plan! I'm also decreasing the number of runs/week for my next cycle and hope it'll help keep me less injured :D have a great weekend!

Sarah said...

Looks like a great training plan! Very similar to what I have been doing. Enjoy your weekend!!

X-Country2 said...

Color-coded training plans always seem to work better than plain black and white ones. I really believe that. :o)

The Happy Runner said...

Your plan looks good! I'm sure you'll look GREAT in that running skirt :-)

Bob D said...

Great training plan. I'm trying to come up with one as well.

robison52 said...

Your training plan looks good, but maybe your last long run could be longer than 10 miles? Looking forward to reading about your upcoming training and success story!!

joyRuN said...

Smart to listen to your body & limit your running days/week. I've had better luck with not running too many days per week and introducing more crosstraining as well.

Meg Runs said...

Hi Sara,
My inserts and orthotics came from a guy in Encinitas, right next to Rico's Taco Shop, El Camino Real and Encinitas Blvd. He's been there for years and years and is an expert at fitting his orthotics to your shoes! He does all kind of funny things with your feet and stride while fitting you but his orthotics have lasted longer than the ones I had from a podiatrist. Email if you need a specific address.
xoxo meg

MCM Mama said...

Looks like a great plan! You are going to totally rockt that skirt, um, I mean half marathon. ;o)

Aka Alice said...

The color coding cracks me up. That is sooooo something I would do!

You'll settle into your training program and then want to add some speed work. It actually helps. You're smart for incorporating strength training. I never do enough of that.

Irene said...

You don't need the hill repeats right now, unless the race you're training for a race that has hills... at least that's how I see it!

You already look good in a running skirt! ;)

Michelle said...

Looks great! I envy your training plan! Thanks for the shout out and for all the motivation!