Winter Running Plans
Those of you who follow my blog will know that I have always wanted to run a marathon. I was unable to take part in my first planned marathon earlier this year and so I deferred my place to April 2011. Training was due to start in November. However, I have been doing a lot of thinking about it over the summer and I have decided to put my marathon debut off for another while yet.
The reasons are twofold. At this time, I simply do not think I can fit in the training for a marathon without putting undue pressure on myself and my family and secondly, I feel my form has improved enough to consider adding some variety to my running such as tempos, intervals and hill repeats and I want to do these with shorter distances in mind. So I have entered a half marathon on 20 February 2011 and I intend to follow the ChiRunning Intermediate Half Marathon Training Plan which is a 12 week training program. Training will begin in earnest at the end of November.
In the meantime, I am going to try to get my regular training back on track. I normally run 5 days a week but the summer holidays have played havoc with my running plans and I have lost some of my fitness. In general my form feels good and I’m looking forward to a period of highly focused running come November. Hopefully the winter weather will not be as harsh as last year in the UK and I can get all my training in!
The marathon can wait. I know that with ChiRunning it will always be an option for me when the timing is right.