I’ve created a DisneyPrincess_HalfMarathonPlan so you can make sure that you are staying on track with your mileage. This plan is designed for those who have a base mileage established and are comfortable running or run/walking 6 miles. This plan will also help those who want to work on their speed, as we have tempo and speed work included.
I hear a lot from runners that they are worried about getting swept by the “balloon ladies”. (For those of you who don’t know, the balloon ladies are the last people in the last corral. Once they cross the start line, the 16-minute pace clock starts.)
Don’t worry, even if you maintain a 15-minute mile walking pace and start in an earlier corral or at the front of the last corral, you will be OK. The 16-minute mile pace requirement doesn’t start until the last person has crossed over the start line.
When you are training for a half marathon, you will want to make sure to balance training enough and not overtraining. Make sure to build in a rest day at least once a week to give your body time to recover. Did you know that your body makes the strength gains and improvements in rest not action? Check out this great article on the importance of rest days.
When I have a bad run, I can usually trace if back to poor hydration. If I haven’t done a good job of drinking water and staying hydrated throughout the week, my runs are painful and slow. When you think of hydration, don’t only think about drinking water while running, it’s about drinking enough water in the days leading up to the run. If you are flying, you have to really drink a lot of water to compensate for the lack of humidity on the plane.
The long run
Each week, you should incorporate one long run. This is the cornerstone of your training plan for a half marathon. It can be tempting to skip it for a myriad of reasons (too hot, too cold, have plans, was up too late, need to get up too early), but it’s critical to get this training so you are prepared. Check out this great post from Runner’s World on the importance of the long, slow run.
Tomorrow I’m going to post a Disney Princess Half Marathon FAQ based on the questions I hear from runners the most, so stay tuned!