I’m less than three weeks away from the race and I only have two more Friday’s before I will end this running series. ( If you missed last week’s post, click here.) This week I’m going to share my training schedule.
I initially assumed that running to build endurance needed to be my complete focus. Boy was I wrong. Variety in your training exercises is vital. Make no mistake, you will need to run to build endurance, but in addition to your runs, make sure to incorporate strength training. The combination of running and resistance training will help to strengthen your body, prevent injury, and increase your race pace. When you incorporate strength training, focus on the lower body and core.
I highly recommend that you follow a proven training plan designed for the race you plan to run. I chose to follow the plan provided by Women’s Running magazine in their 2011 January/February issue. Click here for a link to their website.
On average you will want to start a training plan 10-12 weeks before the race. If you start to early, you will burn out quickly. When starting a half marathon training program, you should be able to comfortably run three to four miles. Most plans suggest you exercise five to six days a week.