So, I’ve been a bit of a slacker with my half marathon training lately. The training plan we are using is incredibly involved, with lots of running. It’s definitely set up to help us have success with our race, BUT, I’ve been modifying it. A lot.
Why? Well, after I got sick last month, I struggled with my runs for a good two weeks after, and then, everything on my street started blooming, aggravating my asthma. Coupled with some signs of overtraining, and I knew that in order to be successful with my race, I had to modify my training plan to include a good mix of rest, easy runs, and long runs. The only part of my training plan I didn’t modify was my long run schedule.
I chose to drop one run per week from my training plan, aiming to run every other day, instead of three or four days in a row. I also modified the mileage I was running per week, as toward the end of my plan I’m supposed to be running one eight-miler per week, in addition to the long run. While I know that those runs are there for a reason, I also know that when I was trying to get in six and seven miles in my early morning, I was struggling. I tried getting to bed earlier, and still felt tired. I want to finish the half in two and a half hours, and I think I am on track to make that goal.
Have I noticed a decrease in endurance? Speed? No, actually, my speed has remained pretty confidence, and as long as I’m getting 3-4 runs, including my long run, per week, my endurance is continuing to improve. The increased rest has definitely helped in my muscle recovery, and I am waking up feeling refreshed, not wanting to crawl under the covers for another few hours.
Do I think this will affect my half marathon? I honestly don’t know. My speed has remained constant, and I finished my 15k race in the amount of time I thought I would, so I am hopeful that allergies and asthma permitting, I will be able to maintain an 11:30-11:45 per mile pace throughout my half – even with the hills we’ll be running.
I don’t know if I will be running any additional long-distance races after completing the half marathon, or if I am going to turn my focus back to weight lifting, along with speed training for shorter races. I want to build my muscles back up and work on getting faster for some 5k and 10k races later this year.
All-in-all, I am content with how my training is turning out. I am getting enough rest, enough training, and am still loving the moment I get to go outside and run.
Have you ever had to modify a training plan? How did it work for you?