The New Year is only a few days away and I finally came up with a race plan for 2016. I decided to focus on half marathons with the goal of achieving a PR (1:44 is the magic number). Due to schedule and budget constraints, I usually limit the number of races averaging 5 to 7 a year.
Since 2008, I’ve signed up to train with the San Diego Track Club (SDTC) Rockin n Runnin marathon training program. This program has so many awesome perks including 2 free races (Cardiff Kook 10K and Sue Krenn 15K), but what I love most about it is the motivation it provides to push yourself to achieve your best especially during tough workouts. The year I joined this program in 2008 was the year I qualified for Boston. And as Meb mentioned below, Coach Greer is the BEST 🙂
This program’s training plan is specifically for the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon in early June, however due to the popularity of the half marathon portion of the race, it now also offers a half marathon training plan. However, with my first half marathon only 11 weeks away, I decided to write a personalized training plan based on what I learned studying for my Run-Fit Specialist certification, which I recently passed! (More about this certification on a later post). December has been the month for building a base as well as focusing on strength and YES, I am still on my strength training streak until New Year’s Day.
My training plan starts the second week of January with 25 miles/week to a maximum of 38 miles/week, with a 2 week taper. Each week will include 4 days of running: 1) Easy run Mondays 2) speedwork on Tuesdays with SDTC 3) acidosis threshold or lactate threshold runs on Thursdays after the 4th week 4) long runs on Saturdays with SDTC. As you can see, my maximum weekly mileage is only 38 miles. Will this be enough to reach my PR goal in March? My maximum mileage going into MCM was 48 and I finished in approx 3:51. The 10k results in February will determine my level of fitness and I can better assess my goal time for my first half marathon of the year. Fortunately, I still have 2 more half marathons in my schedule to reach for that magic number!
Feb: Cardiff Kook 10K (2/7)
Mar: Sue Krenn 15K (3/?), San Diego Half Marathon (3/13)
May: Mountains to Beaches Half Marathon (5/29)
Jul: Scripps Ranch 4th of July 10K (tentative)
Aug: Balboa 8miler (8/?)
Nov: USA Half Marathon (11/19)
What’s your maximum mileage training for a half marathon? Do you have plans to join a marathon/half marathon training program? How many races are you running in 2016?