Owens Corning Half Training Recap: Week 1

One week down, eleven to go!

I actually hadn’t decided on which of training plan I was going to follow for the Owens Corning Half Marathon until Wednesday. As I wrote last week, I want to challenge myself this time round, and that requires a little more weekly mileage and speed than I’ve done in the past. Typically, with the exception of a few marathon goal pace miles last fall, all my miles have been run at an “easy” (AKA conversational) pace. The beginner half marathon training I always recommend, and have used twice before, is by Hal Higdon. I considered his intermediate plan, which had pace miles sprinkled in, but ultimately settled on a 12-week plan from competitor.com. I’m going to give it a go for a couple weeks, and then assess…

  • Monday: Pure Barre
  • Tuesday: 3.0 easy miles* + upper body weights
  • Wednesday: Pure Barre
  • Thursday: Strength work* (squats and kettle ball swings), 1 warm-up mile, 3 at half marathon goal pace, 1 cool-down mile
  • Friday: I like you, rest day
  • Saturday: Pure Barre, followed by 4.0 easy miles* (definitely forgot to do the scheduled strides…)
  • Sunday: 8.0 easy miles* from my house to Wildwood Metropark
  • Weekly mileage = 20

*Warm-up first: hip raises, single-hip raise, clamshells

As you can see, I’ve gotten sucked onto the Pure Barre bandwagon. I love it, and I think it’s excellent cross training for runners. I’ve been trying to take advantage of a 4 week pass as much as possible, but I think I’ll look to incorporate it 2-3 times/week normally.

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