Well I am currently in my last few weeks of training for my fourth half-marathon. In May I ran the National Capital Half Marathon and after a few weeks of rest I had the bug to start running long distances again.
I have logged my training for both 1/2 marathons and have provides some posts about mileage progression, speed training, hill training, nutrition, motivation, strength training etc...
My first half marathon did not meet my personal goal, clocking over 2 hours. This was due mainly to a lack of proper training (no hill or speed training) and I was struggling with painful abdominal adhesions and hip bursitis. Thanks to Active Release Techniques (ART) treatment from a great massage therapist and chiropractor, and a lot of patience, I overcame those injuries.
The second year I was thankfully injury free and trained extremely hard and followed a regimented training program. I performed intense hill and speed work in order to reach my target goat. I ended up with a 1:50 time which I was pretty ecstatic about. This year at the National Capital I reached a new Personal Best (PB) 1:44:53. I am aiming to repeat the same time, but there is always that determination and internal competitiveness in me that wants to strive to do better. However, realistically I have found training back to back for the half and having to endure extreme heatwaves difficult. So I will be pleased just to be part of a great race - The Army Run.
My training plan is based on running four days per week, however I usually either add an extra short run in or some cross-training (rowing, biking, swimming), or just do something active that (skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, sports, walking).
Half Marathong Training Plan
Actual Log for National Capital Half Marathon (2010)
Actual Log for Half Marathon Army Run (2010)
National Capital Half Marathon 2010 Race Day