Bix 7 Training Plan

As I mentioned back in January, one of my goals for this year is to RUN the Bix (as in, do more than just survive it). So I’ve put together this lovely six-week training plan to kick things into high gear. It’s kind of a hybrid between a 10K training plan and a half marathon training plan, cecause the Bix 7 is a strange beast that requires a bit of a different approach.

Obviously, as the weather and summer activities ramp up, I’ll have to modify things a bit, but I refuse to fall into that between-spring-and-fall-marathon summer slump.

Brady Street hill, you’re MINE. — Aidz

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Go Time

This miiiight be the most out of shape I’ve been in about four years. Yes, I’ve been busy. Yes, I’m leery of nighttime running because I got hit by a taxi in November (I wasn’t injured, but it did scare the bejesus out of me). But I think I pinpointed my real problem.

writing-on-calendar I haven’t been scheduling my runs.

(Or, as Bad Angel Rule #38 so eloquently puts it, put your plan on paper.)

As a result, I’ve gained weight, I’ve lost speed, strength and endurance, and overall I feel icky about myself.

This madness stops now. I’ve got a 10K PR to smash in March and some winter/holiday/vacation flab to shed. It’s time to make a plan and stick to it.

Aaaaaaand, go. — Mags

Your First Half Marathon Training Program

10 weeks. That’s all it takes to get ready for a half. Well, sort of.

Before you start this program, you should have a good 3-4 weeks of base running/walking under your belt. If you can run 30 minutes without stopping, you’re ready to dive into this most basic — and highly effective — half marathon training program. (I used this for my first two half marys and still use it as a starting point for my training plans.)

Via marathonrookie.com

A couple notes:

* Put your program in your calendar. Write it down. Know it. Love it.

* Take your rest days seriously. Seriously. Rest is an incredibly important part of training. If you want to throw in some cross-training on a rest day, go for it, but don’t push too hard.

* You won’t actually run the full half marathon distance until race day. Some people are freaked out by this. But if you can run 12 miles, you can run 13.1 miles. I promise.

* If you need to move around some days or even weeks for whatever reason (you’re traveling, for example), no problem. Again, it’s a good training program but slight alterations will not derail you. Things happen. Try not to flip out. It’s gonna be OK.

Now the only question is: Which half marathon are you going to tackle first? — Mags