This year has been very different from past running years. The first major difference is I AM NOT RUNNING A MARATHON THIS YEAR. Not even CIM. Fucking crazy I know. But after last year, I really needed a break from long distance. Stress, depression, anxiety and just regular burn out from running, really got to me. The other big difference is I haven’t run many races this year, and I am kinda liking that. I was talking with a friend recently, and he said he hasn’t been running many races either. I’ve been running for almost 6 years now and I’ve done a lot of great races, most of the ones in my hometown and many in the Bay Area. While I love races, it’s been a good experience for me to focus on running just for the love of it. That being said, I am ready to start training for my first half marathon of the year! The San Jose Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon.
This is my first race in San Jose and my first Rock ‘N’ Roll half marathon; it will be my second Rock N Roll race to date. I did the Carlsbad 5000 last year, and I really liked it. Fast course, lots of peeps out cheering you on and lots of post race activities. Check me out at the Calrsbad 5000 😉
Today’s run was is 5 tempo miles, but since I do hills on Tuesday, I ran 6 hill repeats (30 – 45 seconds) and 2 tempo miles with warm up and cool down totaling 5.5 miles. I am using Hansons Half-Marathon Method as my plan. I LOVE their marathon plan, so I figured I’d give this a try. I bought the book (half marathon version) last year and I have yet to use the plan. One thing I was surprised about is it is an 18 week plan, just like their marathon. While I really liked their marathon plan, I didn’t like the 18 weeks. I would prefer 14 – 17 weeks. Since this is a half marathon, I was expecting a shorter training schedule. But whatevs. I just came off of training for a 5k and San Jose is 10 weeks away, so I’m jumping in at week 10 of the Hansons plan. I figure I have a good base so I should be good to jump into their half marathon advanced plan – I ONLY feel okay with this because I have run with their plan before. Hansons is intense, so I wouldn’t recommend just jumping into it. There is 6 days of running, but I will probably do 5 days a week of running with 2 days of strength training.
So that’s just a little update of what I’ll be doing now that my 5k training is over. I may throw in a 5k race while I am training for #RNRSANJOSE just for funsies. I know this plan will make me fast, so it will be interesting to see what it will do for my 5k. If you want to run RNR San Jose with me use code: “BIBRAVE15” for $15 off Half (valid until 10/1/17).
PS I am just a little nervous to run a half. August 2016 was my last half marathon and December 2016 is the last time I ran more than 10 miles!! It will be a challenge for sure, but I’ve been there done that. I’m looking forward to this challenge!