It’s 12 weeks until I’ll be running my first ever half marathon. As you guys already know I have previously been a 5k /10K runner that enjoys a fast paced dash. However, when the Vitality team reached out to me to work with them as a race ambassador for the North London Half Marathon, I had to say yes! I’m really excited to take on the challenge, not so excited about the winter training though. That said, I’ve been assured by my Instagram running community that winter running isn’t actually that bad. I’ve even got some new climaheat kit to keep me warm on those early morning miles.
So, I’ve devised a 10 week training schedule. It can be hard to plan so far in advance and inevitably sometimes life gets in the way but I’m going to do my very best to stick to it.
Here’s why you need a plan …
- Planning your training will make sure that you’re ready to take on the distance on the big day.
- Making sure that you have enough rest and recovery in-between training sessions will help prevent injuries.
- You’re more likely to stick to regular training, if you’ve written it down in black in white. (Add a weekly countdown to your diary too)
This training plan is designed specifically for me. Even though this is my first half marathon, I am a confident runner and I have been running regularly for the last two years. It allows for the days/ hours that I can realistically commit to. Some training programmes suggest running four times each week, however I know that I wouldn’t be able to maintain that as well as my work and family life too. In addition to running, I’ll be stretching, foam rolling and heading to yoga every chance I get!
So, here’s what I’ll be up to over the next ten weeks …
Next week, I’ll be giving away TWO free places for the North London Half Marathon, taking place in Wembley on Sunday March 12th.
I’d love some pro tips and motivation, tweet me @adriennetmm or follow my progress on instagram @adriennetmm.