Following a training plan…or at least trying to.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I will be running the Hat Trick at the Runner’s World Half and Festival.  Yup, I will be running a 5K and a 10K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday.  I’m a little worried about having to crawl across the finish line of the half…but let’s think positive shall we?  Luckily, Runner’s World has training plans for each distance and the Hat Trick.  For each distance, you also have the choice of a beginner, intermediate, or advanced training plan.  I decided to bite the bullet and get a training plan because I think some structure would benefit my running.  PS I also really want a running coach and this is as close as I will get right now.

I chose the…

Intermediate Training Plan for Runner’s World Hat Trick*
Plan length: 12 weeks
Weekly routine: 4-5 days of running, 3 rest days
Weekly mileage: 20-30 miles
Quality workouts: hills, half-marathon pace runs, mile repeats
Long runs: start at 7 miles, peak at 13
Hat Trick Workouts: 5
*Designed specifically for RW Half-Marathon Course

Since the race is only 8 weeks away (4 weeks shy of the plan length), I will have to make some adjustments.  Also, I have a pretty decent running base so I am used to 6-7 mile runs during the week and a 10 miler on the weekends.

Below are the workouts for the week so far….and then the workouts that I actually did.

Your Workouts for Monday, August 19

Workout #1:  

5 MILES HILLS Type: Run Planned Distance: 5.0 miles Description: When you’re running uphill, don’t try to charge up it; you’ll spend all your energy by the time you get to the top. Try to run relaxed. Keep your hands loose, and keep your shoulders away from your ears. Just think of letting the road rise to meet you. Pre-Activity Comments:  (Actual workout:  6.2 mile hills) 

Your Workouts for Tuesday, August 20

Workout #1:

4 MILES EASY Type: Run Planned Distance: 4.0 miles Description: Be sure to sandwich each run with a warmup and cooldown of five to 10 minutes of walking and easy jogging, even on days that call for short, easy runs. Doing so will help you feel more comfortable on the run and will help prevent injuries such as muscle pulls. Pre-Activity Comments:  (Actual workout:  Body Pump class)

Your Workouts for Wednesday, August 21

Workout #1:

REST/XT Type: Day Off  Description: A well-kept training log can help keep you motivated and injury-free. Take notes on how you feel on the run, how long you ran, where you went, and what the weather was like. Seeing all the miles add up can keep you motivated when the going gets tough. And if you keep track of aches and pains, you can nip them in the bud before they become full-blown injuries. Pre-Activity Comments:  (Planned workout:  5-6 miles easy)

Since I ran hard on Sunday, Monday’s workout left me very tired and I felt the need to not run today.  Therefore, I just switched my run day with a XT day and I will be back on track for Thursday.  I am going to try REALLY hard to stick with the plan as much as possible!

Do you follow a training plan or just do your own thing?  Ever considered a running coach?


And since no post is complete without something Annabelle related…there was a hole in the toe of her PJs and my dad was afraid it would cut off the circulation to her toes.  Therefore, we just cut the feet off and these PJs will fit for way longer now :). (Shannon, I’m sorry we cut the feet off but they are super cute capris now!)



  1. Congrats! Very exciting. I can’t wait to run this one year!!!! I wish I was able to this year.

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