The Training Program
Been sticking to this Runner's World 9-weeks half-marathon training plan and am in Week 4 now. It's not that I have a half-marathon I'm entering in March (though I secretly wish I can enter Brooks Half-Marathon) just that I find the plan doable for a working mom like me. The mileage needed aren't that scary too. It's not a tough plan but it's not that easy too.
Week 4 & 5 training will be nice because I won't be rushing for time. I did a late 11K run yesterday night and only finished my run at 10.45pm. Add the time for cool-down and stretching, it was already 11.00pm! Thank goodness for public holidays in these two weeks! That means I can either have late-night runs or early morning runs without worrying about loss of sleep much. Week 6 - 8 will be a challenge though but I'll try sticking to the plan as I possibly can.
So far, I can definitely see improvements in my run, pacing and recovery time. Three weeks into this plan and I am doing sub-7 pace for my 8-11K training runs! It's sure as hell not a fast pace for other runners but it is for me. A sub-7 pace means running in less than 7minutes per kilometre, by the way. *^-^*
I have a 13K run scheduled for Sunday and I'm hoping that I can do it in less that 90 minutes! I'm planning to hit the incline-dog-traffic-friendly Presint 2-5 of Putrajaya on Sunday and I don't want Zaini to get bored waiting for me!
What's all this training for? I'm going for the half-marathon distance in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon on June 24th. I'll do 21K and I am hoping to get Son to do the 700m dash for 6-9y.o. It'll be nicer if he can do the 2.5K kids run but he's underage! Boohoo...
Anyway, there's another run that I wish to enter but had to strike off from my race wish list and that's the PJ Dawn. As Zaini often reminded me - try find something that's not too crazy to do. A race that starts at 3.00am is too crazy for him. I guess I have to agree...