Even though I resumed running just under two weeks ago, its already time to start thinking about training for my first major post postpartum race, ZOOMA Annapolis. As long as training goes well, I’ll be running the half marathon on June 4th, otherwise I’ll drop down to the 10k.
For all six of the half marathons that I’ve run, I’ve followed a modified version of Jeff Galloway’s 18 week half marathon training plan. His plans promote running only three times per week, as well as a slow increase in mileage. Since it feels like I’ve been starting over with my running, a slow progression in mileage is exactly what I need right now. An 18 week training plan also offers me plenty of flexibility when it comes to making necessary changes as needed without sacrificing the importance of completing all of my long training runs. Whether its another blizzard that comes our way this winter, unforeseen circumstances with little man, or trouble balancing everything when I return to work from maternity leave, an 18 week training plan will give me more than ample time to feel more comfortable running again, even if I have to miss some of my planned runs.
I’m very excited about ZOOMA Annapolis. Not only will I be running in a city that I’ve never run in before, but I’ll also be running as an ambassador for the ZOOMA race series. You can join me in Annapolis, or sign up for one of the other ZOOMA races (Cape Cod or Ameila Island) and save 10 percent off your race registration using discount code KATHRYN16.
I’ll be kicking off my training tonight with a three mile run on the treadmill at the gym. I’m excited to see what kind of progress I can make during the next 18 weeks. My current thinking is that my main goal for ZOOMA Annapolis will be just to cross the finish line, but who knows, maybe training will go differently than I anticipate that it will and I’ll be able to push myself to a new half marathon PR (though I know that that’s probably unrealistic). As I have with my past training cycles, I’ll be recapping my weekly training here on the blog, starting next Monday, as a measurement of holding myself accountable and staying on track with my training.
QOTD: What’s the next major race on your race calendar?