Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Six Weeks to a Half Marathon

by Meghann on May 13, 2014

After back-to-back-to-back half marathons earlier this year (Best Damn Race Safety Harbor, Gasparilla, Best Damn Race Orlando), I took an unexpected break from training. My original goal was to kick it in high gear and knock out a PR at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle full marathon this June, but life got in the way. Work got crazy, house hunting became a new priority, and I became the girl who was full of excuses when it came to getting runs in. Running should be fun – and when it stops being fun and starts feeling like a chore – it’s time to make a change.

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So I took a couple of weeks off to just mellow for a bit. I still enjoyed my daily runs (4 miles, 4 days a week), but I also jumped back into CrossFit. It was a nice balance to have both CrossFit and running back in my life.

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If you ever feel overburdened by running, I highly suggest going back to your roots. Ditch the Garmin, stop obsessing over pace/distance/etc. and just run. Trust me, you will feel so much better. Running became my escape again. It was what I did to relax, not to stress more. It was freeing and it was just what I needed.

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When I registered for the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon last month, I decided to take the more relaxed approach with training. I was sent Nick Symmond’s 6 Week Training Plan through my partnership with Suja and was really impressed with the simplistic approach of the 6 week plan. It’s a moderate plan that will easily get a casual runner to the finish line. It focuses on time spent running, instead of distance, and takes you from a long run of 5 miles to 13.1 in 6 short weeks.

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I’ve been following the plan since April 21st and so far I’m happy with it. It’s simple to follow and is just enough motivation to get my butt out the door and out for runs.

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However, I need to start getting my butt out the door a little sooner. My 8 miler on Saturday was brutal thanks to a casual late start. The heat and humidity have returned and getting out the door at 7:30 might mean more sleep, but it also means more sun. Boo.

So now the countdown to race day is on. I’m a little more than halfway there. Game on!

What’s your favorite half marathon training plan?

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