I have enjoyed thinking about health and exercise from the perspective of establishing a system, thanks to Melonakos’s blog about the subject. As I hear people talk about getting healthy in the New Year, I encourage them to do the same thing that worked for me to finally get my lazy butt in gear. Pick a race 3-6 months out, register for it, and bite the bullet to get training. Looking this far out makes any goal less intimidating.
It just so happens that exactly 11 weeks from right now is the Publix Full & Half Marathon in Atlanta. Guess what, if you can run/walk 3 miles, then you have time to train to complete 13.1. I brushed it off for years as well, and last year I finally did my first half. It was incredibly rewarding. So I will be chugging through 13.1 in Atlanta on March 23.
Here is what you need to know. A novice training plan, courtesy of HalHigdon.com is pasted below, along with the dates you need to track for this race. Look, I’ve done all the work for you.
Feel free to register along with team Atlanta Tech Village. (I don’t really know what this means, but it’s cool to say you’re with a team.)
Now get on it. Don’t just start running without a goal and an end point. If you don’t register for this one, register for something.
|Rest||3 m run||3 m run||3 m run||Rest||4 m run||cross|
|Rest||3 m run||3 m pace||3 m run||Rest||5 m run||cross|
|Rest||3 m run||4 m run||3 m run||Rest||6 m run||cross|
|Rest||3 m run||4 m pace||3 m run||Rest||7 m run||cross|
|Rest||3 m run||4 m run||3 m run||Rest||8 m run||cross|
|Rest||3 m run||4 m pace||3 m run||Rest||5-K Race||cross|
|Rest||3 m run||5 m run||3 m run||Rest||9 m run||cross|
|Rest||3 m run||5 m pace||3 m run||Rest||10 m run||cross|
|Rest||3 m run||5 m run||3 m run||Rest||10-K Race||cross|
|Rest||3 m run||5 m pace||3 m run||Rest||11 m run||cross|
|Rest||3 m run||5 m run||3 m run||Rest||12 m run||cross|
|Rest||3 m run||2 m pace||2 m run||Rest||Rest||Half Marathon|