Couch to 5K
Starting at the beginning of November 2009, I began the Couch to 5K program. Because I ran the first three weeks of the program a couple of months earlier, I lumped weeks 1-3 into one week and started my second week with week 4. I had an empty week due to a heavy travel schedule, but otherwise stuck relatively close to the plan, which culminated in a Resolution Run on December 31, 2009.
After I finished the 5K plan, there was a month before the beginning of a 12-week (modified to 14-week) half marathon training plan. I tried for a week to make my own running schedule, but failed miserably–without a training plan, I tend to run too much and risk injury. So, I chose to do the first four weeks of the Hal Higdon 10K training plan.
On February 1, 2010, I started the Higdon half marathon training plan, with two extra weeks built in for sickness, travel, recovery, or to back off mileage. My half marathon is scheduled for May 8, 2010, and I can’t wait!
My marathon training is scheduled to start on May 23, 2010. This accommodates a 20-week training schedule–I’ll probably use the Higdon plan if the half-marathon schedule works for my body.