After sharing my first two weeks of half-marathon training I realized how slightly repetitive the posts are. Instead I’m sharing my plan for each remaining week of training for the Chicago Half Marathon on Sept. 29. I will, however, share some lessons I’ve learned in the past few weeks. This training round has been hard on my body. I am feeling worn out and exhausted. The combination of being home with my toddler while working and training after bedtime has drained me of my energy. It got to the point when I was questioning why I am doing this to myself. That’s when I decided that if this isn’t fun I wouldn’t be doing it. I’ve had to chill out on training some nights due to feeling exhausted, but I realize it’s more important to listen to my body than to log a specific number of miles. I have so far trained better for this race than my last two, meaning that I don’t have to feel so bad about missing a training run or cutting my miles short one day (which I’ve had to do twice now).
My plan for the remaining weeks :
Monday: 30-45 minute run.
Tuesday: Rest or yoga.
W: Strength and/or 30-45 minute run.
Th: Easy-pace 30-45 minute run.
Saturday: Swim with my girls and rest.
Sunday: Long run. I add 1-2 miles each week with my longest run being 14 miles two weeks before the race.
Do you have any current fitness goals? I’d love to hear about them.