The Training Schedule

Here’s my training schedule for the next several months. I’ve already completed week 3, and will be posting updates weekly/catching up on the first few posts in the days to come.

My goal is to be able to run a half about a month before the actual half marathon, so that I can just use the half marathon as a long run in preparation for the full marathon. For that reason, you’ll notice that this calendar stops in September (more on that in a minute). I’ll also have to factor in time for the holidays, so my goal is to be ahead with my training for February.

I used Google a lot and found a lot of different sources saying that one should only add about 10% of your miles each week. Not sure how true all of that is, but I also found this great schedule from “Marathon Matt” (click the links on competitor for the PDF’s) and felt like it was doable/reasonable. I adapted it to fit the course of 16 weeks, rather than 12, so that I could be confident to run a half marathon a month before the actual date, as I mentioned. I also haven’t been running a ton of miles each week. I’ve been doing 20 minutes on the treadmill here and there, short runs (only I’ve never really thought of them as short until now), and/or a couple days of cross training a week since I got out of college (in August 2012). Really, I haven’t been running this much, so, even though I’m in shape and think I can do it, the last thing I want to do is wear my body out and get some kind of injury.

What do you think? Is this realistic? Am I doing too little, or too much? OR am I just plain crazy?

Here’s a slideshow of my calendar, as well as a list of my total mileage for each week. My post-half marathon schedule will come at a later date. I could try to plan right now, but it would probably need major adjustments.

Week 1 – 7.0 miles

Week 2 – 8.0 miles

Week 3 – 9.0 miles

Week 4 – 8.0 miles

Week 5 – 9.0 miles

Week 6 – 10.0 miles

Week 7 – 11.0 miles

Week 8 – 12.0 miles

Week 9 – 14.0 miles

Week 10 – 10.0 miles

Week 11 – 13.0 miles

Week 12 – 14.5 miles

Week 13 – 16.0 miles

Week 14 – 17.0 miles

Week 15 – 11.0 miles

Week 16 – 18.0 miles

More to come! Let me know in the comments if you think I need to make adjustments already.

Thanks for the support. 🙂

Edit: I’ve gone back and linked to each week’s rundown post. The miles, as you can tell, varied from the original schedule, and I also included an additional week – Week 17.

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