I modified my half marathon training plan a bit. And by a bit I mean a lot. I’ve switched from the SmartCoach plan I had to a slightly modified Hal Higdon’s intermediate HM plan. The long run progression is much better in Higdon’s plan compared to the craptastic mess SmartCoach gave me. The only modifications I made to the plan were my training paces. Both SmartCoach and Higdon were giving me rather slow pace times that I can too easily beat, so I put in my hoped for HM finish time in the McMillan calculator and got some better numbers to work with. Hopefully this makes the difference for me.
Of course that’s all dependent on me actually running. As you can see from the sidebar, I don’t have any miles yet this week. [Editor's note: Now I do! 'Bout damn time too.] Since I arrived back on English soil, I’ve been completely unable to fall asleep when I need to and therefore have been waking up rather later than intended which is not good for me, the I-still-want-to-run-in-the-mornings runner. I think I’m still suffering a bit from jetlag which is pathetic (it’s not like I flew in from Australia or anything) but actually pretty common for me when I fly across the Atlantic to England. Hopefully I can catch up on sleep this weekend and sort all this out.
I'm sure this picture will help with that.
*sigh* I heart you, Colin.
In other news, it looks like I’ll be meeting up with fellow blogger and real life friend Theresa in Wales in early March to run a 5K. I’ve never been to Wales before so it’ll be a great weekend getaway trip for me. However, I have a bit of a dilemma. The race organizers are offering two races—a 5K followed by a 10K an hour later. I’m supposed to be getting an 11-mile long run in that weekend in preparation for my half marathon two weeks later. Do you think I’d be crazy to see if they’ll let me sign up for both races? I’d run the 5K as a race, but the 10K probably at an easier pace. Am I certifiable? Let me know in the comments.
Okay, folks, hope you’re faring well on this hump day. Catch up with you later.