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Speedwork + Switching Plans

This afternoon’s faculty meeting was canceled, which means I was able to run first thing after work. Most of the time, I’d have to rush to the babysitter’s house, head home, make dinner, and wait until Maddux went to bed. Having the afternoon free was absolutely mind-blowing. I almost didn’t even run, because I just wanted to sit on the couch forever. I decided getting my run over with would be a little more productive, though.

Speedwork was on the plan for today. I ran a .75 mile warm up, 1600 m at below half marathon-goal pace, an 800 m jog, another 1600 m at below goal pace, and then a .75 mile cool down. Not painful, but not super easy either. I played with the incline the whole time because treadmills are the most boring things on the planet. I’m still trying to convince Ryne we need a very small TV in the gym. My Christmas present, maybe?


Speaking of half-marathon training, I finally truly decided on a plan. I was going to incorporate parts of a Hal Higdon plan into a Runner’s World plan. In the end, though, I like the Runner’s World plan more. It’s just more detailed, and that helps me since I’m not good with calculating paces and organizing things like my own tempo runs. I’m lazy and/or not smart enough for right now. It also has a projected finish time for me that’s under 2 hours, which means I’d PR. My slow legs want to do that pretty badly.

half marathon training plan

PS: as I type this, I am eating a gift from above. By above, I mean Chicago. I don’t know if a Chicagoan actually invented this mix, but if so, I need to move there.

chicago mix popcorn

I’ve only been twice, but man, I didn’t see this while I was there. Kinda bitter about it. Where is Chicago hiding the Willy Wonka style factory where they create buttery caramel and rich cheddar cheese corn? I’m imagining something this magical would be created in such a way.

I digress.

Training is going well, ya’ll. I don’t want to be too sure of myself, but I really think I’ll get my sub-2. I’m hoping to shave a few seconds (dare I say minutes?) off below that as well. Cross your fingers for me on January 18, okay? Any of y’all training for a race, too? If so, I’ll cross my fingers and toes for you. Because I’m real like that.

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16 Responses to Speedwork + Switching Plans

  1. ummm did we just post about our 1/4 marathon and speedwork within 5 min of each other? soulmates. or should i say SOLE mates? har har har
    christina recently posted..1/2 Marathon Training and Martha Stewart’s Roasted Tomato & Eggplant SoupMy Profile

  2. You have this sub-2 for sure!! I have heard great thing about runner’s world plans! I look forward to hearing what you think of it!! Awesome job
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun recently posted..An Update on My Stress Fracture RecoveryMy Profile

  3. Love your confidence! You’re well on your way to doing amazing!! Great attitude :)
    Sammy @ Peace Love and Ice Cream recently posted..WOD – November 5 & 6, 2013My Profile

  4. I’m training for a 12k on December 7th. It will be the furtherest I’ve ever run! You can totally do it. My fingers are crossed for you!

  5. That popcorn is everywhere in Chicago, Presley!! Just means you’ve got to go back now haha
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  6. You will rock that half! I honestly have no idea what pace I am training for for my first half. In my head I want as close to 2 hours as possible but I have no real basis for that other than it sounds good. Obvi I am well prepared.
    Runner Girl Eats recently posted..How to be thankful for the crappy runsMy Profile

  7. I have no doubts you can get that sub-2. I’m hopeless in terms of planning my own stuff so I like all those pre-made plans too. I’ve used a Hal Higdon plan before and liked it.
    Courtney @ Don’t Blink. Just Run. recently posted..Face The Music Friday #7My Profile

  8. Boy do I have a link for you :) Next time you are in Chicago you must go. http://www.garrettpopcorn.com/
    Jessica S. recently posted..Plank, Plank, PlankMy Profile

  9. That popcorn is the best! Garrett’s popcorn is famous for that in Chicago and soooo good. You have to try it next time you are there (or even in the airport)!
    Christa @ Sit-ups & Sequins recently posted..WIAW #6: Designer Whey & Spicy Pretzel RecipeMy Profile

  10. I really like those RW plans too. You’re gonna nail the sub-2, no sweat. And you toootally need a TV in your gym–I feel super spoiled having one but it is AWEsome. (I actually really want a DVR for it, too, but that’s just too embarrassing. You have to draw the line somewhere, or I’d have a private masseuse living down there too.)
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  11. I’m very curious about the RW plans. In a few weeks, be sure to let us know how you’re liking it :)
    Courtney W recently posted..Pile On The Miles, Week 2My Profile

    • So far, I LOVE IT. I just really like how they give you very specific details (like pace). For a free plan, I think it’s one of the best I’ve found. Only time will tell if it actually “works” for me, though!

  12. […] actually glad I attempted getting some miles in. I want to stick as closely as possible to “the plan“, without being dumb about it. It’s an easy line to cross for me. Ultimately, I […]

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