12-18-2017

NYC Half Marathon Training Plan 2018

I know I haven’t written in a while! It’s been a busy past few months. Last I wrote was about my wedding. It’s now been over 3 months and I still wish I could go back to that day! 

We actually just got back from our honeymoon in Hawaii. It was truly amazing and we had so much fun discovering each island. We went to Oahu, Kauai and Maui. Each island is so different, and I’m glad we were able to go to 3. 

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Next time we’ll have to go to Big Island! I’ll do a more in-detail recap of our activities in another post. 

So last year around this time I thought I was going to start training for the NYC Marathon. And then I didn’t…and didn’t end up running for about 8-9 months. You can read more about that here. 

I deferred my entry to this year, and this year I am running it! My mom, however, didn’t get in through the lottery again. But 2 of our running group members did so at least I’ll have someone to train with. I wish she could run it with me though but I’m trying to convince her to do the LOVE Run in Philly the following weekend so we can train together. 

In terms of not running for the past 8-9 months…I found some solutions to my health issues (adrenal fatigue cortisol issues), but still haven’t “solved” it. I hate not exercising, and didn’t see much of a change in my body, so I’m going to start running again as well as exploring more options for some health issues. 

Running and exercising are a huge part of my life. I was told that by stopping exercise it would solve a lot of issues. Might be true, but I didn’t feel a significant enough change for it to be worth not exercise. I understand that I can’t go from 0-100 but I want to begin exercising again and feeling strong. 

I’m really excited to train for this half marathon. I’m not expecting anything and although I always want to PR, I know that probably won’t happen. Also because my PR is from my FIRST half marathon and we still haven’t been able to best it lol. 

Here’s my current NYC Half Marathon training plan – very generally speaking: 

-6 weeks of base building 

-4ish weeks of specific training 

-1.5ish weeks of taper 

I really just need to get out and run right now. Base building is super important, and what I preach to my own cross country runners. I plan on starting with consistent 30-45 minute runs and building up from there. Right now, 13.1 miles seems impossible, but I know I can do it. 

Also, kind of nervous about finishing in Central Park. They changed the course for 2018 and it’s pretty different. I think I would have liked the straight shot down West Side Highway, but we’ll see. 

I’m really excited to finally be running the NYC Half Marathon! It’s been on my running bucket list for years. Just really wish my mom could run with me. 

Who else is running NYC Half Marathon? Have you ran it before? Thoughts?  

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01-03-2017

Week 2 of NYC Half Marathon Training

Alright so, last week was week 2 of NYC Half Marathon training. Kind of a slow build up, and skipped some days due to holidays/New Years. Week 1 was uneventful with only 2 runs, so starting my recap with week 2 (last week).

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: 40 minute run. As I mentioned in a previous post, I purchased Jason Karp’s half marathon training plan off his website, and his plan is in minutes as opposed to miles. So today was a 40 minute run, which I ran 3.2ish miles. Slow for me, and felt INCREDIBLY out of shape, but I know that’s normal. Went to PT after for the first time since the marathon – definitely needed that!

Wednesday: OFF

Thursday: Tempo workout. 1 mile warm-up, 4×5 min at tempo pace (by effort) with 1 min walk break in between. Tempo pace effort was about 9:55-10:00 per mile. 1/2 mile cooldown after.

 

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Friday: “Long” run. It’s in quotations because it was 5 miles lol. We ran for 60 minutes, and it ended up being 5.1 miles or so. Still kinda “slow” for me but I didn’t stop to walk at all and felt really good! Just went by easy effort in order to complete 60 minutes with no walking. Felt like I could have kept going but obviously didn’t haha.

Saturday: Spin class. I had signed up for my studio’s Best Of 2016 class and was super pumped for it, so it served as cross training for the day. It ended up being a great class, and I was at 17.5 miles by the end, so just kept biking till I hit 20 miles.

 

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Sunday: OFF because Dan and I both were exhausted from NYE and didn’t move off the couch all day lol.

Overall I’d say it was a decent week. I didn’t run as much as I was supposed to BUT was able to run 60 minutes without walking, which shows I’m slowly getting back into shape.

That 5 mile run/long run was done at an easy pace ranging from 11:45-12:00/mile. I didn’t care about pace, just finishing those 60 minutes. Hoping to continue dropping that easy pace as time goes on.

Anyone else running NYC Half? Or a spring half marathon?

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