Running in the time of COVID has proven difficult if only because of the lack of in-person races. We runners had to resort to a virtual world to find some measure of purpose to our training. And while virtual races are a nice diversion, there is nothing like having the opportunity to toe the line for a live race!
It is great that RunVermont is able to offer Half Unplugged live while still working to keep runners safe in the process. This was no small feat! As such, RunVermont is providing a basic 8-week training plan for those needing some guidance and structure in order to prepare for Half Marathon Unplugged in late October.
As with any training plan provided to the masses, some assumptions have to be made about a runner’s experience and fitness level. In order to get the most out of this plan, it would be beneficial for you to be running anywhere from 15-25 miles per week, currently. Look the plan over and see if you can run 5 days per week. If that seems too much, then add an additional off day to the schedule and work towards a 5-day running week.
The most important aspect of any training program is consistency; building your mileage week over week is how you see improvement. Proper rest and recovery are crucial, too, in order to get the best training benefit.
All the best to you as you start half marathon training. We will continue to provide tips along the way!
To register for Half Marathon Unplugged go to: https://runsignup.com/Race/VT/Burlington/2018HalfMarathonUnplugged
|Week 1||OFF||3-4 miles||3-4 miles||3-4 miles||OFF or 30 mins of easy cross -training||3-4 miles||5-6 miles|
|Week 2||OFF||3-4 miles||3-5 miles||3-4 miles||OFF or 30 mins of easy cross-training||3-4 miles||6-7 miles|
|Week 3||OFF||3-4 miles||4-5 miles||3-4 miles||OFF or 30 mins of easy cross-training||3-5 miles||7-8 miles|
|Week 4||OFF||3-4 miles||4-6 miles||3-4 miles||OFF or 35 mins of easy cross-training||3-5 miles||9-10 miles|
|Week 5||OFF||3-4 miles||5-6 miles||4-5 miles||OFF or 35-40 mins of easy cross-training||4-5 miles||9-10 miles|
|Week 6||OFF||4-5 miles||5-7 miles||4-5 miles||OFF or 35-40 mins of easy cross-training||5-6 miles||11-12 miles|
|Week 7||OFF||4-5 miles||5-7 miles||4-5 miles||OFF or 35 mins of easy cross-training||5-6 miles||7-8 miles|
|Week 8||OFF||3 miles||4 miles or OFF||3 miles||OFF or 20 mins of easy cross-training||3 miles nice and easy!||Half Marathon|