The trusty new ticker on my blog says that I have 73 days until the BMO half marathon. My usual training plan is 17 weeks long, so I guess it's a good thing I'm already conditioned to complete a half marathon. So where does that leave me with training for BMO? In past years where I've done multiple HM's, I have just dove back into the same training schedule.
But this time I'm going to try something different. I'm going to follow the training plan for a 2:15 HM, whereas usually I just do the "to complete" schedule. The biggest difference I see between the two plans are faster per km paces, but I think it will be a good challenge for myself rather than just repeating the same training all over again.
So today was my first scheduled run - a 4k tempo run. In past, I have always run/walked every training run (well, except for hills and speed work) - my body just wasn't ready to do any continuous running. I figure if I honestly want to work at increasing my speed this time, I should try to incorporate some actual tempo runs. Yikes, and today I did!
Using this handy treadmill pace/speed/distance conversion chart from Read.Write.Run.Mom (thanks!) I set the treadmill to 5.6 mph (to achieve the stated 6:36/km on my training plan) and off I went. 10 mins later (when I would normally walk) I was feeling fine. At 15 mins, still feeling okay. By 20 mins, I was still going and before I knew it, the 4km was done. My first continuous run since I started running in 2008! Sounds dumb, but to me that's actually a huge accomplishment. I definitely felt increased stress/strain in my ankles and especially my back but after a good stretch and a roll I felt good again.
Anyhow, I'm curious to see if this different training plan will actually make the difference. I would love it if I could hit 2:15 for my next HM.
I also sat down today to figure out how to set up some pace-specified workouts in my Garmin. Turns out it's not that hard to set up. You can easily set your intervals and the target pace and all kinds of things at the Garmin Connect website...
So I happily created some targeted pace workouts only to find this about an hour later...
That's right! A totally dead and blank Garmin even though it was 100% charged only an hour before! Methinks something is up with my Garmin. It also totally froze up during my race a couple weeks ago. Could I be watching my trusty 405 die a slow death? Hope not. Do these things have a useful life of only about 5 years?