I have completed the first two weeks of my half marathon training program! (Hal Higdon Half Marathon)
This probably doesn't seem like much to most people, but because this will be my first half marathon race, 2 weeks is a nice marker for me.
Week 1: 13 miles
Week 2: 14 miles
Cross Training: walking
Upper body strength - twice a week
Core work - twice a week
*strength and core are not in the training program I am following, but building strength in my upper body and core are some of my 2014 goals.
For the most part, we (my husband and I are training together) have been waking up at 4 AM and getting on the treadmill before 5. As hard as it can be to force ourselves out of bed that early, all in all, starting our day with our run works best for us. We were getting in the groove of this schedule before training began, so it wasn't too much of a shock to us.
The days I add in strength training, I usually go back to the gym in the evening to use the machines, if we don't have enough time in the morning. My husband mentioned waking up earlier on the mornings I want to do strength so I can fit it all in one gym session... my response was: we'll see :) The great thing about core exercises is I can do those at home and fit them in when time allows.
I am a tad concerned that at this point all of my training has been on the treadmill, so starting in week 3, we are going to start mixing in some outdoor runs again. The 5k is the first race of the training series for the half, and it is on Feb. 1 - - aka it will be cold, so I might as well get used to it. I really miss running outside, but when there is ice and snow everywhere - and the temps are hovering around 0 degrees, it just isn't as appealing. Time to suck it up, I know.
Is anyone else currently training for a half?
Any tips to share?