A Post Where I Talk About Running

by - Thursday, August 13, 2015

Happy International Left-Handers' Day to all my fellow southpaws!

So remember when this blog was actually about running (or at least largely about running)? I kind of do, but I will admit it's been a while since I've had a good post to write about running.

Broke in the new kicks this morning with a very sweaty four miles.

Running was happening this summer, but since I wasn't actively training for anything, it didn't seem all that important/necessary to chronicle the minutiae of each of my runs. (Those posts always turn into wahhhhh DC humidity is the woooooorst, and you can only write so many of those).

But with my many softball teams slowly winding down, and the Baltimore Half marathon creeping up on me, I'm going to be diving back into training mode next week.

You know what else starts next week? The fall semester of my MBA classes.

So I will go from a glorious six weeks where I did nothing but lounge by pools, play softball and do the occasional 3-5 miler straight into half marathon training and intense class mode. That should be just a delightful transition.

Class is in session. And dinner is served. #mbalife

Given my past rocky experiences of trying to train for a race while in grad school and my unfortunate tendency to get injured if my mileage creeps too high, I'm actually going to be following a "beginners" half marathon training plan this time around.

I know I'm far from a beginner in terms of running. I've been doing this for close to 10 years now, but if I'm being realistic about my time available to train and my injury history, I know I need to stick to something that's less likely to cause me to get hurt.

Baltimore finish

My training plan is going to be loosely based off Hal Higdon's novice program with three shorter runs during the week and a longer run on the weekend.

I think this kind of low mileage plan is going to be the best thing to fit into my very crazy fall schedule and allow me to get to the starting line healthy.

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  1. Reading the words "fall semester" made me cringe a little - haha, I've been out of school too long.

  2. I'm on a low mileage plan for Chicago too and it seems to work for me. I'm almost 52 and I have to respect my age as much as the marathon distance. I'm almost maxed out in what my body can handle so I'm working more speed into my runs; tomorrow is 30K with a 15K tempo in the middle.

  3. I love Hal! I think his programs are great, a "beginner" program is definitely okay to use even if you're not quite a beginner.