Training for a Half Marathon?
The topic for today is inspired from our having completed the Brooklyn Half Marathon and the fact that we didn't train for it...Or did we? We decided to do a bit of an experiment.
Question: Is it possible to run 13.1 miles without logging a ton of training time hitting the pavement (and treadmill)?
Result: Yes. With a time of 2:12.
We started to use the CrossFit Warhorse 16 Week Half Marathon Training Program (which we LOVE), but Ruschelle wrecked her toe in the Vibram Five Fingers several months ago...SOOO she was down to practically no training. And when I say no, I mean, lifting stationary weights and doing pilates.
Meanwhile, my training looked something like this:
January till March Interval Training/Hill Sprint/ 3/5/7 mile run
March till May No running, besides the one hopeless run of 4 miles with so many stoppages that I lost count AND not much working out
May 1st - May 19th Started going back to the gym, lifting, metcons (metabolic conditioning) and got back my 315lbs deadlift (Got back meant, for a little while I was stuck back at 295lbs after having PR'ed at 315lbs in February) the day before the half marathon
Given this was my first Half Marathon, I had no hope of finishing under 4 hours.
Today, (3 days after the race) I feel great. Now I understand that finishing a half marathon on 2hours 12 minutes is no record beating time, but I was looking to finish and not feel beat up afterwards. I jumped right back into the regular Workout Of Day from the CrossFit main site and haven't missed a beat. I am excited and confident about completing the ING NYC Marathon in the fall. Ruschelle and I are planning on following the CrossFit Warhorse Schedule to train for the ING. We will let you know how it goes!
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