Running Plan

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. It is starting to get warmer here in Texas, thank goodness, but I am NOT ready for the triple digit heat. And I know it’s coming. I wanted to discuss the training program for your runs. A few years ago when I started training for my first half marathon, I read somewhere that talked about looking at your training in minutes rather than distance. Yes, distance is key because if you are running 13.1 miles you want to make sure you are ahead of the pace car. However, the article I read talked about getting your body used to long lengths of time spent running. So instead of measuring by miles, measure by minutes.

In the beginning of that training, I would time my miles around 11-12 minutes (back in the day). So I would run for 12 minutes and my goal was to try and run the full 12 minutes without stopping.

Once I mastered that, I would then try to run the next 12 minutes without stopping and so on. That resulted in me running the first hour of my half marathon without stopping and not feeling terrible!

I still use this training process today and am trying to get back to my stride. I think changing my thought process of time rather than distance actually helped the entire thing not seem so daunting.

I don’t think there is one right way to train; I have used the Couch to 5K programs, and etc. As long as you are out there, you’re making a difference.

What are some ways that you have been successful in your training?