Half Marathon Training Plan ~ Bluenose

A few months ago I agreed to run a half marathon with two friends whom will be running their first half marathons!!! Kind of exciting, right! I’m currently in week 4 of my training and thought i’d share my training plan.

I usually post this prior to starting a round of training but I was two weeks into training before I realised that I should have been following a training plan! Obviously, those two weeks I did not follow my exact training plan below but I was running, cycling and going to yoga anyway so it all worked out just fine.

Event: Bluenose Marathon (5k, 10k, 15k, half, full and team relay)

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Race: Half Marathon.

Date: Sunday May 20th (kids run May 19th)

Previous Bluenose races: First half in 2006 (different course), 3 – 10k’s, 1 -5k and 4 kids run’s (2k).

New This Year: The course has changed and going in reverse order!

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Training Plan

I’ve used Hal Higdon half marathon training plans for the last few years and really like them.  I often modify them to fit in other activities such as yoga and soccer, not to mention I change them into kilometres since I run in kilometres not miles.  I’m not a fan of doing math while I run so having the plan in kilometres vs miles prior to training is key for me. Half Marathon Training Plan KMChanges you’ll see each week: 

  1. I don’t plan to run 5 days a week. My life or body doesn’t allow for that – let’s be honest! I’m happy to do other activities such as skiing (last few weeks) to yoga, cycling and soccer.
  2. I like to run in even numbers like 6 km  rather then 3.5 miles which is 5.63 km. Therefore, I might run slightly longer or slightly short then expected when the plan was converted from miles to kilometres.
  3. I have kids and my husband is a paramedic = shift work!!! I fit in my runs/workouts when I can and sometimes I change up the order of those based on my families needs vs my training plan. Life happens!

Future Races for 2018:

I have not registered for any other races this year and I’m kinda loving it. Don’t get me wrong, I have about 5-7 that I want to run between now and November! I’ll likely sign up late for most of them, some I’ll miss due to family responsibilities and some I want to be a pace bunny for again.

I’m also going back to my weekly posts of “What was planned vs What really happened”. I started this a few years ago and enjoy recapping my weeks this way. So there you have it, my training plan that I’ll attempt to follow with some weekly modifications.

What’s your favourite half marathon training plan? And why?

Have you ever forgot to start your training on week 1 before?

What’s your best tip for half marathon training?

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Run, Ski, Cycle, Skate, Ski MORE! Weekly Wrap Ups.

Happy Monday!

I’m way behind in blog posts and sharing my weekly wrap ups but it’s for good reason. I’ve basically spent the last week with my kids and made zero time for blogging. So you are getting two weeks of workouts in one blog post!

Weekly Wrap Ups!

March 5th – 11th:

  • Monday: Rest Day (day after long run)
  • Tuesday: Indoor training – cycling 20.21 km
  • Wednesday: 5 k run with Carmacks.
  • Thursday: Rest day…aka watch all kinds of TV by the fire!
  • Friday: Rest Day
  • Saturday: Snowshoeing with my daughters and our friends. (Fresh snow!)
  • Sunday:  10km long run!

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This was my first 10k since November and it went rather well. I decided not to take my dog out and just see how I could make out with the distance. I have some minor pain in my obliques but seemed to work it out over a few days. Happy to say that my half marathon training has begun.

March 12th – 18th:

Keeping in mind this is week is March break (spring break) for my kids and I was on vacation with them. We stayed home and didn’t stop all week. My body is completely exhausted and I really should have taken Monday (today) off just to recover.

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  • Monday: Skiing with my daugther’s all day.
  • Tuesday: Skating with my daugther’s. Ran 5k at the beginning of a snow storm.
  • Wednesday: Skating again with my daughters.
  • Thursday: Cross training: indoor Cycling – 24.46km
  • Friday: Skiing all afternoon/evening with my daugther’s.
  • Saturday: Skating AGAIN!!!!!!! And 5k with Carmacks.
  • Sunday: Skiing one last time on the most beautiful day of the year!!!!

It was a pretty great March break for our girls. We also went shopping with gift cards and hit up the library twice.

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Running with Carmacks this winter has been lots of fun. He sure is making me run WAY faster then I would on my own….by about 20-30 seconds. I guess those will be my tempo/speed work days! As I mentioned above, I’m completed exhausted! My body is tired and I feel like I could sleep for a full 24 hours to recover. A rest day can’t come soon enough!

Half Marathon Training:

Early last week I had a bit of an eye opener! I realised the I’m basically in my half marathon training without having a training plan or actually realising that I should be “training” for a half marathon.

I’m running the Bluenose Half Marathon with two girl friends, our husbands use to work together a few years back and we became friends. It’s a girls weekend and I convinced them to run their first half marathon!!! Anyway, I freaked out a bit and then sat down and decided on Hal Higdon Intermediate training plan – which I’ve done before. I’m going to modify it as I need to and don’t plan to run 5 days a week as it’s planned out.

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My body is not ready for 5 days of running…at the most 3 days of running a week, plus yoga, cycling and lately a tone of skiing and skating! I’ll be writing more about my training plan and how training is going. I’ll also be going back to my “What Was Planned vs What Really Happened” recaps. Because, the reality of a full-time-working-mother-runner-who’s-husband-works-shift-work running schedule doesn’t always go as planned. Just being honest!  Let’s do this!

How was your week?

Did you celebrate St. Paddy’s Day?

Training for a race?

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February Mileage

First off – HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!!!!!

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February Mileage:

February was a really busy and fun month! We skied, I cycled a lot and even got in a little running, yoga and went skating once.

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This was one of my favourite days in February, skiing with my girls and my Dad. Nothing better then spending time with your family doing the thing you all love to do!

If you missed January’s mileage, you can see it here.

Weekly Workouts Feb 26th – March 3rd

  • Monday 26th: Skiing with my girls. One daughter had no school while the other one played hooky and I took the day off. Though it was raining while we skied, it was still a great day with my girls. Plank and PT.
  • Tuesday: Yoga Flow class, plank and PT.
  • Wednesday: Cycling – 25km! Plank (2:06) and PT exercises.
  • Thursday: Worked that evening. NO PLANK!
  • Friday: Mama’s night out with some girl friends.
  • Saturday: Too many chores done around the house. I was pooped!
  • Sunday: 8k trail run with Carmacks. Just what we needed!

I forgot to post my weekly workouts on Monday, so I figured I’d add it in now. We are getting a little snow storm today followed by some rain but I’m hopeful that it will stick around so we can snowshoe a little in the next few days as we head into March Break.

Are you celebrating International Women’s Day?

Any plans for March/Spring break? 

Anyone racing this weekend?

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February & March Goals

Have you ever got to the last day of a month and had a bit of a reality check that the next month is the following day? I mean, you know the month is ending and a new one is starting but you just can fathom that the next day is March…no longer February! That’s how I felt last week.

February was a very active and busy month and I managed to hit all my goals!

February Goals

Plank Every Day – DONE, DONE and DONE! Though this was a good challenge, I found myself annoyed some nights when I had forgotten to do my plank. I’d crawl out of bed, plank and then go to bed. 28 days of planking accomplished!

Stronger Hips/Obliques: Definitely worked hard at this one and have passed a few tests at physio but still have to work at this one to get back to 100%.

Cycle 100 km: WOOHOOO, I did it! 105.98 km for the month. I was kinda hoping to do more then that and could have but my schedule just didn’t align to make it happen. I’d love to cycle 1000 km this year and really though it was doable until I realized in the summer months I might not be able to pull off 100 km outdoors. I’m still going to work towards my 1000 km and see what I can pull off.

Ski, Ski, Ski: We got in four trips to the local ski hill. Three with the girls and one by myself on my lunch break. Yeah, I went on my lunch break after a meeting I had nearby was scheduled right before lunch. You don’t miss an opportunity like that, do you?

Olympics: We watched a tone of Olympics and then had Olympic withdrawl. My girls woke up a few days after the Olympics and asked if they could watch it, ha! Poor girls! They loved learning about new sports and watching the athletes compete. Only a week or so until the Paralympics starts!

With a great month behind us, I had not really thought about what I wanted to do in March. I knew I wanted to get in another great month of cycling and start to increase my running but other then that, no great plans or goals.

March Goals:

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For March, I’m going to keep it slightly simple. The girls and I are off for March Break and I’m planning to do a few different activities with them. Reading a book is actually a real challenge for me. Not because I can’t read or don’t enjoy it, I just don’t make time for it….and I can’t read while I run on a treadmill or ride my bike like I can watch TV.

Running 50 km will be a good challenge for me since I really haven’t been running much. I’m hoping I can keep up my cycling as part of cross training for my half marathon. Let’s see what March brings!

Did you reach all your goals in February?

Do you have any goals for March?

Tuning into the Paralympics next week?

Run, Cycle, Yoga, Ski {12th – 25th} Wrap Up

It’s been two weeks since I’ve done a weekly wrap up only because I didn’t have time to blog it out! A little running outdoors, cycling, yoga and some good ski days in there! The last two weeks went a little like this!

Feb 12th – 18th:

  • Monday: Cycling 20km, PT and plank.
  • Tuesday: Yoga Flow Class, PT and plank.
  • Wednesday: Rest Day  (PT and plank).
  • Thursday: Cycling 22km, PT and plank.
  • Friday: 5k Outdoor Run, PT and plank.
  • Saturday: Rest Day (PT and plank).
  • Sunday: Indoor Cycling (PT and plank).

February 19th – 26th:

  • Monday: Skiing all day with my girls! It was so busy with it being a holiday here but it was still great skiing! Plank and PT.

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  • Tuesday: Yoga Flow class at lunch. So good! Plank and PT.
  • Wednesday: Rest Day but yes…plank and PT.
  • Thursday: Rest Day…again, plank and PT.
  • Friday: 1 hour of skiing at lunch, PT and plank.

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  • Saturday: Rest day….a.k.k. Costco plus visiting some family and Plank.
  • Sunday: 7k trail run with Carmacks, PT and plank.

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Right now, it’s all about the variety in my workouts! There is no consistency and I’m totally fine with that! We have very little snow (on the hills) but skiing is still pretty darn sweet. Yesterday’s run on the trail with Carmacks was great!

Also, if you missed my February Runfessions….because I didn’t post it on Friday – you can check it out here!

How was your weekend/week?

Are you training for anything?

Are you all about variety in your workouts or focusing on one thing?

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February Runfessions

Though it’s not the last Friday of the month (it’s Sunday), I’m still going to recap my February Runfessions.

Runfessions are shared on the last Friday of the month and is hosted by Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice! You can check out her blog and read about lots of other blogger’s Runfessions in her link up!

I runfess that I’m really loving not running ALL THE TIME!!! I’ve been skiing a fair amount (for me), cycling way more and getting back to as many yoga classes as I can. Having said that, I’m really looking forward to running more consistently  and maybe even start training for a race!

runfess that I’ve signed up for a race! Yup, finally bit the bullet and registered for another half marathon!!! I’m keeping which one under wraps for now but hoping I can start getting in some longer distances runs soon.

runfess that my hip/obliques are starting to feel better but not at 100%. I’ve been doing my PT exercises daily and taking my runs really easy lately. I don’t have to see my physiotherapist for another four weeks! PROGRESS!!! However, still not allowed to play soccer….which for now, I’m okay with.

I runfess that though I’m doing a plank challenge this month….I’m done with it! I usually do it after I workout but on rest days I find myself doing it super late at night. Like, right before bed. Sometimes I forget about it and I’m already in bed and get out from under my warm duvet and pull out a minute plank. Positing it to my IG stories has helped keep me accountable but I’m also ready to be done that too! I’ll probably plank in March but not every day.

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runfess that I’ve watch a tone of Olympics and said to see it end! Seriously! It’s been a fun way to introduce multiple sports to my daughters and see them get excited about sport(s). Each morning they’d wake up asking how we (Canada) did and if they can watch the recaps during breakfast….of course, I’d say yes!!! Also, a new record of 29 Winter Olympic medals for Canada – so awesome! The good news is that the Paralympics start on March 9th and I’m looking forward to watching those amazing athletes as well.

How was your month of February?

Anything to runfess?

How many races have you signed up for in 2018 (already)?

Half Way Through February

This month is slipping by rather quickly so I thought I’d do a short check-in post about my February goals.

These are the goals I set:

February Goals

So far so good. I’m on track with all of them but slacking a little on the skiing one. We’ve had other weekend commitments and weather that hasn’t cooperated with the days we could ski…so that one is a work in progress (but I have a plan).

I’ve planked every day, usually before bed. I’ve been keeping accountable on IG stories each day sharing my plank times. I’m not going for a specific time but at least one minute each day.

Week 1

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Week 2: Forgot to take save a picture on Day 10. I messed up my dates, so Saturday 1:10 is Feb 10th. Feb 12 (1:04) is the 11th and 1:37 Day 12 is the 12th. Photo fails, good thing I write it down!

Plank Week 2

I’ve cycled 60.56 km so far and feeling like I’ll reach my 100 km for the month. Though running mileage isn’t a goal this month, I had a great treadmill run and FINALLY got out with my running buddy, Krystol Friday night. I know, wild Friday night!!!

Lots of PT exercises happening every day. Sometimes I do them all, sometimes I just do 2-3 of them. My hip and obliques are getting strong but not 100% still. It’s a work in process.

Also……loving the Olympics! Canada already has 16 medals! Our girls are super into the Olympics and learning about new to them sports like Curling, skeleton and speed skating.

How’s your February going?

Are you glued to the Olympics or watch it occasionally?

Are you doing a monthly challenge? How’s it going?

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