Training without a plan

With just over a week to go until the Newport Liberty Half Marathon I decided to look back at my post about getting back to fitness in time just over a month ago. In that post I talked about putting together a plan but in the end that just didn’t happen.

I did sign up for the club speed workouts (but immediately missed the first two, one because of vacation), and so far the only sessions I have attended were last week and this week. The other training tools I talked about didn’t happen at all.

I’m still not sure where this leaves me for next week. I did run just over 12 miles this past Sunday so at least I have a little distance behind me (but not as much as I would have hoped), and my mileage went up dramatically last week (a very long track session, and a couple of other days where I ran further than planned simply because I felt good and decided to push). That increase in mileage broke the guide of “no more than a 10% increase week on week”, but it may have worked out okay for me. I was much stronger at this week’s speed workout.

I’m confident I’ll get through the race in a reasonable time given the training so overall I’m happy, but I will have to find another half later in the year to push myself towards if I want to see my time drop closer to last year’s levels.

Are you running the Newport Liberty Half? How ready do you feel?

(As previously noted, I am an official blog partner for the Newport Half for which I have received a free entry. I have consistently run this race for several years, most of which were before becoming a blog partner, and this status does not influence my opinion of the race, as early posts about this race on my blog will confirm).

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