As I’m working on finalizing the details of my Shamrock training plan, I’ve been thinking about what worked (and what didn’t work) when I trained for my past three half marathons. Looking back on all three of my past half marathons, here’s a brief summary of what worked and what didn’t work as I trained for each of them.
Half #1 – Disney World Half Marathon
- From the beginning of November and race day in January almost every one of my runs was on the treadmill, which didn’t give me a realistic expectation of what the inclines on the course would be like
- The foam roller and I met for the first time, and it hurt so good to roll those tight spots out
- While I learned many lessons by training for my first half marathon, the biggest lesson of all that I learned is that I can accomplish whatever I set out to do
Half #2 – Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon
- You don’t have to run a full 13.1 miles in order to be completely trained for a half marathon (my longest run was 10 miles, albeit, this wasn’t originally my plan)
- When training in the winter, the treadmill is often the only option, but on the rare days when the weather does cooperate it is so important to take my run outside
- Although Virginia Beach was a flat course, I embraced the hills during this training cycle, which helped me build my endurance and speed
- I used the treadmill primarily for speed work and focused on running outside as much as possible
- Running races as my long run helps keep me focused and motivated
So what do I hope to accomplish this next time around?
- Continue to use the treadmill for my weekday runs, especially when focusing on speed work (because let’s face it, its way too dark outside for my to safely complete my weekday runs after work)
- Not be too much of a cold wimp during my long runs on the weekends (in other words, complete the majority of my long runs outside instead of opting for the treadmill)
- Use shorter distance races as a way to keep me motivated (I’m already registered for the Christmas Town Dash 8k during week 3 of my training, and am hoping to register for another race or two during this upcoming training cycle)
- Properly and effectively train in order to PR at Shamrock
QOTD: What lessons have you learned from training for your past races?