Believe it or not, I’m officially in training for half marathon #3! Yesterday marked the first day of my 18 week training plan for Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach. After utilizing Jeff Galloway’s beginner training plan for my first half, the Disney World Half Marathon, I’ve decided to utilize his “finish in the upright position” plan. I figure since Galloway’s plan worked so well the first time around, and since I’m a huge fan of his run-walk-run method, that I shouldn’t fix what isn’t broken!
With Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach being the same day as the Disneyland Half Marathon, I didn’t even have to transfer Galloway’s training plan to another calendar – all I had to do was print off his Disneyland training calendar. Although I foresee having to switch some of my long runs around due to other events on my calendar, I plan to follow his calendar pretty closely.
One of the biggest differences between the beginner and “finish in the upright position” plans is the length of the longest run. Under the beginner plan I only ran 13.1 miles as my longest training run. Under this plan I’ll run 14 miles as my longest training run. While .9 miles might not seem like a huge difference numerically, I know that it can make a difference come race day.
I can’t wait to see how this training plan works for me! I foresee my two biggest challenges being balancing my training with a very busy schedule, which includes being out of town the next two weekends in addition to other weekends this summer, as well as managing the summer heat and humidity. But I’m up for the challenge, and I can’t wait to prepare for my third half marathon!
QOTD: What is the next race that you’re training for? What are your preferred training plans?