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222. A Cheesy Half Marathon Training Plan

So apparently, I forgot to announce the fact that I officially signed up for the Wisconsin Half Marathon I mentioned a while back.  Ooops! 

But with my first half marathon of 2011 quickly approaching (and by quickly approaching I mean it is exactly 4 months away.), I decided it’s time to dedicate myself to a training plan and fitness routine.  I’m starting training a little earlier than necessary to get myself back in the groove.  I’m using a mutant version of Hal Higdon’s novice training plan.  I’ll be posting the complete training plan on my training page once it’s done, but here’s a rough outline.

Monday – Rest
Tuesday – Training Run
Wednesday – ???
Thursday – Training Run
Friday – Rest
Saturday – Long Run
Sunday – Yoga

You might notice there are two things missing from my plan: 1) Strength training and 2) Cross training.  Sunday yoga will provide a little bit of strength and cross training, but not enough, and this, my dear friends, is where I need your suggestions.

Here’s what I know:  I want to incorporate at least three days of strength training in addition to Sunday yoga, and I need to include some amount of cross training other than yoga.  I would also prefer to have only three run days.

Here’s what I don’t know: What days should I do my strength training, and what the hell do I do for cross training?

I used to swim or do group fitness classes for cross training, but since I cancelled my gym membership, I no longer have access to these things.  I also like biking a lot, but I live in Chicago where we have this nasty little season called winter.  Biking will be an option again around come March or April but for now, not so much.

My concern with what days to do strength training stems from the fact that I don’t want to end up skipping run days because I’m sore from strength training.

Here are my thoughts:

  • I do speed work on Wednesday until it warms up enough that I can bike on Wednesday.
  • I do strength training on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 
  • I do strength training on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • I do some sort of circuit training style work-out DVD (think 30 Day Shred) on Wednesday and kill two birds with one stone.
  • Suck it up and get a new gym membership so I have access to alternate forms of cardio.

I’m open to any and all suggestions here so throw ‘em at me.  Ready, go!

190. Put on Your Race Face

I have officially signed up for my first race of the fall season aka my favorite running season EVER

Friday I started making a list of the races I would like to run this fall.  Of course the list contained double the number of races I’ll actually be able to run so I’m in the process of whittling it down to the races I’m most interested in.  The races listed in bold are my current picks.

9/25/10 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K/ 10K $40
9/26/10 PAWS Run for Their Lives 8K $35
10/16/10 Pumpkins in the Park 5K $30
10/31/10 Trick or Treat Trot 5K/ 10K $30
11/6/10 Hot Chocolate 15K/ 5K $55/ $45
11/13/10 Girls on the Run Fall 5K $35
11/25/10 Chicago Turkey Trot 8K $30
12/12/10 Rudolph Ramble 8K $30

The Pumpkins in the Park 5K last year was my first race ever so I definitely want to run that again – plus I think some of my friends who have recently started running are going to be doing this race as well.  I’ve heard great things about the Hot Chocolate race (slammin’ race swag), and I would love to do a 15K.  I wouldn’t typically race two weekends in a row, but the GOTR 5K is 10 minutes form my house and too amazing of an event to skip.  Any other Chicago-area bloggers/ runners looking to do any of these races?  I’m always looking for people to run with!

Last night at the BBQ my friend Judy mentioned she was considering doing the PAWS run.  I was already really torn between the Race for the Cure and the PAWS run, but finding a racing buddy sealed the deal!  We’re going to do the PAWS Run for Their Lives.

This particular race is also a fundraiser for the PAWS Chicago animal shelter.  PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) is a cageless, no-kill animal shelter which is pretty amazing.  If you have any interest in donating visit my fundraising page or email me for more information.

As a side note, I feel like races in the Chicago area are really expensive.  How much do you think is “too much” for a race?  Am I just super cheap or are those some pricey races?

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