Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Training Week Two

What a great week! I was able to complete all of the mileage for the week and felt absolutely fantastic. I don't know if it's the cooler fall weather, but I felt really strong and powered through all of my runs almost effortlessly. Here's a look at what I did:

9/19: Stretch and some light plyometrics

9/20: 3 mile run: 25:12, 8:23/mile

9/21: 10 minute warm-up at 8:37/mile
15 minutes at 8:04/mile
5 minute cool-down at 8:59/mile
Total of 3.6 miles in 30:00

9/22: 3.12 mile run: 25:47, 8:15/mile
1 hour of strength (push-up intervals, sit up intervals, chest and shoulder exercises)

9/23: REST!
9/24: PSU vs. EMU!

9/25: 7.03 mile run: 57:47, 8:12/mile
100th mile run since July 1st!

I was extremely happy with my workouts this week. Registration for the Pittsburgh Marathon opened today, and I am officially in!! I'm SO pumped and am looking forward to an easy week of training:
Stretch &
3.5 m run
6 x 400 5-K pace
3 m run +
5-K Race

To leave with a good quote for the week:
"Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it." -Oprah

Happy Valley Half Marathon: 68 days
Pittsburgh Marathon: 221 days

Monday, September 19, 2011

Training Week One

The first week of my official training is OVER. This weekend, the Blue Band went to the Temple game, so I was unable to run the weekend, but finished all the other workouts. Here's a summary of what I did this week:

Monday: 30 min on bike, 1 hour lifting, 20 minutes abs/stretching

Tuesday:3.34 miles: 27:00, 8:04/mile

Wednesday: Treadmill intervals
1 mile warmup at speed 6, 5x400 going to speed 7.5, reducing to speed 5.5 for 400 m in between. 1 mile cooldown at speed 6

Thursday: 4.80 miles: 39:05, 8:07/mile
1/2 hour lifting

Friday: Central York football game
Saturday: Penn State vs. Temple game, Upper Dublin Spectacle in Sound festival

Here is my schedule for this coming week:
Stretch &
3 m run
30 min tempo
3 m run +
3 m pace
6 m run

A little motivation for the week:
"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement." -PRE

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Training Schedule

Now that the half marathon is only 12 weeks away, I am officially starting a training plan for it! I decided to try out Hal Higdon's Intermediate half marathon training. Here is what this week looks like:


Stretch &

3 m run
5 x 400 5-K pace
3 m run +
3 m run
5 m run

I'll be able to have better updates now that I have an actual schedule to follow! I'm so excited to get started and tracking my progress!

To get motivated, here is a great quote that I always keep in mind for everything from school work to running:

If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail!

Thanks for reading and keep checking back for more updates soon!

Happy Valley Half Marathon: 84 days
Pittsburgh Marathon: 237 days