As of March 6 (which, by the way, was my dad’s birthday) there were exactly 12 weeks to go until the Calgary Marathon. With that, I thought it was high time I sit down, write a training plan, and then follow said training plan.
The last time I ran was in Disney on January 10. Since then I’ve been sick, fatigued, or just not feeling it, so I’ve done basically nothing. I also haven’t been to the gym since February 7th. That’s over a month ago. Oops?
With that, I’ve taken a pretty conservative approach to my training plan, focusing on running based upon time instead of distance for the duration of the 12 weeks. I’m also planning on running all of my runs in my aerobic HR zone and won’t be doing any kind of speed work as I want to enter this running season with a super solid base.
Calgary was never a goal race for me. My plan is to have a strong race and push myself a bit, but I definitely don’t plan on pushing it, or even hoping to see anywhere near a PR. Instead I’m going to focus on consistency and maybe even try for a negative split, since I’ve yet to be successful at negative splitting a half.
I spent far too much time in 2015 injured, so my main focus is to stay healthy so I can work to PR at SeaWheeze and depending on how that race goes, I’ll evaluate what I want to do this fall. I might even be possibly, maybe, considering running the full in Victoria, but that depends entirely on how my training for Calgary and SeaWheeze go, and what ends up coming my way for fall races.
One area I’m really focused on is completing warm up exercises in order to wake up my abs and glutes before I go for a run.
My current warm up (which takes between 10 and 15 minutes depending on if Merlin needs to lay on me) looks like this (taken from the Oiselle Dirty Dozen):
- bicycle abs (one set)
- back bridge (15 each leg)
- ab scissors (15 each leg)
- fire hydrant (15 each leg)
- donkey kicks (15 each leg)
- standing glute-isos (20 each leg)
This is less to work on my weak areas (though it is doing that) and more about waking up my sleepy hips and glutes so they actually do the work they need to do when I’m out running.
With all that, here is what my plan looks like for the next 15 weeks (12 weeks to Calgary and 15 weeks to the Millarville half marathon with my mom).
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You better believe I’ve pre-planned for when I think the Bachelorette will start in May (on Monday we all confirmed we definitely want to watch again), priorities, right?!
All BodyPump and spin classes will be taken at GoodLife Fitness (I still need to try out the new shoes I got a few weeks ago), so if anyone is looking for a gym buddy, I’m your gal!
It’s pretty well known that I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady, and I fully believe that having my super awesome cat really helped me when I was feeling especially sad when my ex and I split. Now Merlin is my best bud and we have some great times hanging out together. While I’ve been told by a number of friends I cannot have two cats (something about not being permitted to have cats outnumber humans) when I do get a second cat (it will happen) I’m absolutely certain I will be adopting from MEOW.
Calgary is going through some pretty tough economic times at the moment and I know I’m being much more cautious with how I spend my money given the uncertainties we’re facing. Unfortunately, donations to charities suffer in times like these. If you are able to make a donation, you’ll be given bonus entries below.
Wait, bonus entries you ask? Why yes!
The Calgary Marathon Society just announced a brand new race on May 7th; the St Patricks Island 4k Fun Run and I have one entry to give to a super lucky winner! You must be able to attend the race on May 7th and will be given a code to use in order to enter. Contest ends on March 16 – good luck!
Tell me, are you currently training for something? What is it?
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As a Calgary Marathon ForeRunner, I have been given an entry to participate in the 2016 race, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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