July started my "official" training for my goal race this fall. Well, I don't know why I call it my "goal" race. It's the Wine and Dine Half marathon at Disney and Disney races have never been ones where I am looking to PR (unless it's in fun of course). But I guess it is still my goal race for the year because if things continue to go the way they are (fingers crossed), this will be my FIRST Disney Half Marathon were I am not running injured!!!!! Can you believe that? Every other half marathon I've run at Disney World or Disneyland I've started with a disadvantage and finished with a hobble! Well I'm doing my best this training cycle to make sure that doesn't happen at Wine n Dine this Fall!
So as far as my training is concerned, I want to DO IT ALL. But I know that isn't smart. Let me explain........
I want to run everyday because 1) I have the time now and 2) I want to take advantage of the wonderful weather.
I want to go to the gym every week day and strength train because 1) I am scared of not being strong enough and ending up with an injury again and 2) My PT gym is costly and I want to get my monies worth by going as much as I can during the month (they are only open M-F).
My training for long distance running events is quite different than training for 5Ks and short distances. When I am training (or practicing so to speak) for a 5K I will run the entire distance. When I am training for longer distance I tend to use the Galloway method. Also, when training for longer distances I never work on speed (I know I should but with as injury prone as I have been, speed seems to be the least of my worries). I need to be happy with the speed that I am at and just worry about being consistent and healthy. Which leads me to my next thought.........................
During this training cycle for the half marathon, I'd like to run two more 5k races. Normally I don't run smaller races while I am training for a half marathon or marathon because the training for both is different. So I'm not sure if I should be training for endurance or for speed at this point.
I know it's not safe to be running everyday (even though I have the time), so I might just do two small runs a week and then one long run. How often do you think I should go to the gym? I should mention that when I go to the gym, I am not doing cardio. I do all weight training and stretches. I want to be smart, yet practical as I develop a training plan-M
Thoughts? Share how you've developed your plan?