Monday, August 9, 2010


I just finished reading the August issue of Runner's World cover-to-cover. The [Beat the Clock] section has a training plan for breaking a 2:00 half. And I want it. Bad.

It's a 10-week training plan. I have only 5 weeks between L&C and the US Half, and I need to take one week after L&C to rest. So I've decided to do the last 4 weeks of the Runner's World training plan before the US Half. Is that reasonable? Can I PR? The goal is definitely to PR, but can I also finally beat 2 hours?

AND IF THIS DOESN'T WORK, or if it does, I plan to do the whole 10-week plan next spring. I'm close to picking a spring half-marathon (yes, insanely early). Stay tuned for an announcement!

And in the name of full disclosure, I did my long run this past weekend on a hotel treadmill and it was everything I thought it could be. So today I marched myself over to the rec center at work and signed up for a one month membership. I am planning to do hill workouts outdoors and other runs as the weather allows. Otherwise, this chick is headed indoors for a few weeks! You know what that means? Working on a playlist using the fabulous Shuffle my very-much-missed Meg gave me when we graduated.

Mileage: 371.8 + 12 = 383.8
I should clear the 400-mile mark this week!


Damaris said...

YAY for treadmills making summer running bearable! :) And I totally think you can pull a sub 2:00 half. If you can keep your knees happy through L&C, I think you can do it. Can't wait to see you in a few days!!!!

Katherine Nesse said...

I just discovered podcasts for my iPhone. I highly recommend them. Running on the treadmill can be so boring. A little Science Friday or The Splendid Table would make the time much more bearable.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Sub 2:00 look out! Go for it.

Sarah the Savage said...

Hey Joanna! Good for you. At the moment I'm just dreaming of doing more than 30 minutes on the bike! It is too bad the half isn't 5 weeks before the marathon, because then I'm sure you could PR at both (and break 2). If you're receptive to advice from a gimp, I'd up the speedwork before your marathon (but don't over do it) so that your body expects the post-marathon speedwork. Also, do PT exercises to keep your ITB flexible and your knees stable. I'm sure you'll do great!

Run Jess Run said...

I have a treadmill, but alas, our house is not air conditioned so it makes little sense to actually use it in the summer.