5 days from today I’ll kick off my training for my fourth half marathon. To say I’m excited is a bit of an understatement.
Just like with my previous three half marathons, I’ll be utilizing one of Jeff Galloway’s training plans, and focusing on using the run-walk method, especially for my long runs. Since I’m registered for the Dolphin Challenge (8k on Saturday followed by the half marathon on Sunday), I’m going to follow Galloway’s Glass Slipper Challenge/Dumbo Double Dare training plan (which prepares runners for a 10k the day before a half marathon).
Most weeks, my 18 week training plan has me running three times a week. My weekday runs will be timed, between 30-45 minutes. I plan to focus on speed work one day a week. Because of how early it now gets dark outside, and the time that I usually get home from work, most of my weekday runs will likely be on the treadmill. I’m hoping that the weather will cooperate so that the majority of my long runs can be completed outside. During weeks 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16 I’ll complete a shorter run (or walk depending on how my legs are feeling) on Saturday, followed by my long run on Sunday, to help me simulate the back to back races.
Other than the potential for bad winter weather (the Farmers Almanac is calling for a cold, snowy winter), my other big challenge during this training cycle will be our Christmas vacation. We’ll be at Disney World for five days of our vacation, and while I hope to get up early a couple of days that we’re there in order to run on the hotel treadmill, I’m also mentally preparing myself in case I’m too tired from walking around the parks all day. I’m telling myself that I cannot beat myself up too much if I miss a couple of my planned runs, as I know that I’ll be able to get back on track the week after Christmas.
Just like with my past training, I will be running a couple of races, including a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot and the Christmas Town Dash 8k. I’m also thinking about registering for the Reston 10 Miler three weeks before Shamrock Weekend, which would be a good practice race before the big race itself.
My training mindset for Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach was “no excuses.” I’m thinking about using the same motto again to help me navigate what might be difficult winter weather and training during the holidays.
I can’t wait to officially be back in training as of Monday, and I’m super excited to train for my fourth half marathon!
QOTD: How do you mentally prepare yourself for training during the holidays?