Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Training Plan for the Phoenix Half Marathon

To date, I have five half marathons on my 2015 race schedule and it's my goal to PR at one of them. 
My current PR is from the NYC Half last March. I think I stand the best chance at PR's at the Phoenix Half Marathon at the end of February. I love training during the winter. I do most of my runs on the treadmill but it's great for speed work!
When I was training for NYC, I purchased a training plan from the NYRR (New York Road Runners) and followed it perfectly (I'm VERY Type A, haha!) I decided to do the same for Phoenix and spent the 29.99 for a customized plan. You don't have to be running a NYRR! Basically, you fill out a three-part questionnaire about your running history, currently weekly mileage, regular speed, how often you want to run etc and it comes up with a plan for you. 

The plans range in length. I started mine a week late as Phoenix is coming up fast! They also give you three options to help you reach your goal. A conservative plan, moderate plan and an advance. I chose the conservative option (which has me running four days a week with a flex day) so I can fit in some strength training and be able to balance everything else in my life. Still, with the conservative plan, I should (hopefully) be able to PR!

Here's a legend I'll be using:

Also, keep in mind this ONLY includes my running. I also plan to include some strength/cross training. Wednesday's are listed as FLEX DAYS meaning I can run, cross-train or rest. 

In case you're curious, here's a look at how each day pops up on my phone. I really like how it tells you your target pace for each run too!

I'm currently on week 3 and really enjoying it so far. I love how there's no guess work and I know exactly what I have to do every day.

What are you training for?
Do you follow a training plan when you're prepping for a race?

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