January 29, 2014

Get After It

This week I officially started training for the Shamrock Anthem Half Marathon in March.  I wrote my training plan back in December when I was feeling particularly motivated after an unexpected 5k PR.  The plan is incredibly aggressive, but I kind of like it that way.  After all of the mind numbing miles from Dopey Challenge training, I'm eager for a more focused training plan.

I've decided this race and the training for it is all going to be about "get after it!"  My swim coach used to give us pacing input for each of our races and often instead of telling us to go hard, he would tell us to "get after it" in the final yards of a race.  I still remember these immortal words of advice heading into what turned out to be my final 400 IM (due to a nagging injury).  I raced hard and had a huge personal best.  So this mantra works for me.

So where will I be getting after it?  I plan to work really hard on my training runs.  I have planned 3 runs each week - a tempo run, a speed workout and long run....nothing earth shattering here.  I have a goal to swim at least once during the week for cross-training to help with physical endurance, my VO2 max and core strength.  I also plan to hit the weight room hard to stay strong.  I know that's one of the key elements of reducing my knee pain - strong quads and hips.  I was pretty lax about weight training after Marine Corps and I can start to see the impact on my bum knee.  And to top it off, I'm working on getting back on track with a healthy diet (I was pretty much junk food loading after Dopey!) and quality sleep.

How do you prepare for a big race?
{Christine}

8 comments:

  1. Great plan! I'm also running the Shamrock Half in Virginia Beach. It is the race I've always wanted to do before I graduate college. Senior bucket list :) Good luck with your training, you are going to shamROCK it :))

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  2. That's great that you are incorporating swimming! As soon as I get my IT band "fixed" I really need to buckle down on my training. I may be coming back here to look at some of your training plans!

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  3. Sounds like a solid plan to me! Incorporating swimming and weight training is definitely a good idea! I really need to get myself motivated to do more strength training too!

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  4. I just started training for the Nike Women's Half DC this week as well. My first round of training was focused on being able to finish a half marathon. Now I want to finish stronger so I'm also adding in more weights for cross training.

    Lauren

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  5. You are always training for something - I love it!

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  6. I like it! Great plan, great mantra!

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  7. Right now I am training for a 30km in March...I guess I should maybe really sit down and put a training plan together for it (might help anyway...lol)

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