Half marathon training
I’m running the 2023 Knynsa Forest half marathon (archive) this year. This is my first ever half-marathon, so I want to document my training for it.
The following table shows the training plan I’ll be following. It’s a modified version of Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 Half Marathon training schedule (archive). I’ve modified Hal’s schedule by lengthing it to 16 weeks—from 12 weeks—and making the distances more metric-friendly.
|1||Rest||5 km||5 km||5 km||Rest||6.5 km||60 min cross|
|2||Rest||5 km||5 km||5 km||Rest||6.5 km||60 min cross|
|3||Rest||5 km||5 km||5 km||Rest||6.5 km||60 min cross|
|4||Rest||5 km||5 km||5 km||Rest||6.5 km||60 min cross|
|5||Rest||5 km||5 km||5 km||Rest||6.5 km||60 min cross|
|6||Rest||5 km||5 km||5 km||Rest||8 km||60 min cross|
|7||Rest||5 km||6.5 km||5 km||Rest||10 km||60 min cross|
|8||Rest||5 km||6.5 km||5 km||Rest||11.5 km||60 min cross|
|9||Rest||5 km||6.5 km||5 km||Rest||13 km||60 min cross|
|10||Rest||5 km||6.5 km||5 km||Rest||5 km race||60 min cross|
|11||Rest||5 km||8 km||5 km||Rest||14.5 km||60 min cross|
|12||Rest||5 km||8 km||5 km||Rest||16 km||60 min cross|
|13||Rest||5 km||8 km||5 km||Rest||10 km race||60 min cross|
|14||Rest||5 km||8 km||5 km||Rest||18 km||60 min cross|
|15||Rest||5 km||8 km||5 km||Rest||19.5 km||60 min cross|
|16||Rest||5 km||3 km||3 km||Rest||Half marathon|
On the treadmill again. This was supposed to be the long run day but again we ran out of time. I thought we could squeeze all 6.5km in before Saturday BJJ but my time estimates were off.
- Distance: 5.00 km
- Time: 34m 37s
Went running after work and before an evening meeting. Ended up having to hotfoot it as we almost ran late. Didn’t make distance.
Really cool run this morning. There was a fire on Table Mountain! The Working on Fire helicopters were flying from the lower Molteno reservoir, over us, and on to the mountain. We could even feel water droplets from their Bambi buckets. To end the run, we sprinted up Upper Orange for a coffee at the Ou Meul.
Back on the treadmill today. Last week’s calibration seems to have worked since the treadmill matched the watch really well. However, most of our gym’s treadmills impose a thirty minute time limit on runs. That makes it a little annoying when you’re running > 6 min/km. That either means you need to seek out treadmills with longer time limits or just run faster…
- Distance: 5.01 km
- Time: 34m 48s
I get pretty bored while running inside. Often I listen to music but today I went with podcasts. I listened to the tail end of Hackers Incorporated’s Lessons Learned in 2022-ish (archive) the start of ATP’s 526: Food Comes From Cans (archive).
First cross training day. We took advantage of a Kayaking voucher I was given for my birthday. Usually, the trip is scheduled to last 2 hours but wind and a bit of rain made our guides decide to turn around early. Really good experience regardless. See Cape Kayak Adventures (archive) for more.
This week’s “long run”. Drizzly, cold and wonderful. Overshot the 6.5 km planned distance but that’s okay.
Quite a tough one today. The Molteno Dam, featured in 2023-03-21’s entry, doesn’t open at lunch time. So we had to do zig-zags up the mountain to make distance.
Treadmill this morning so no Strava image. My watch (Garmin Forerunner 245), needed a bit of calibration to get its accuracy right. No GPS means it’s doing a lot of guesswork.
- Treadmill distance: 5.0 km
- Watch distance: 4.3 km
It’s a pity that you can’t calibrate the watch before it sends everything to Strava. But I guess that’ll mess up all of Strava’s analyses since it won’t know where to add the distance delta. Like should it smear the distance over the complete activity or maybe just add it on at the end?
Day 1! I almost forgot to run today. It was a relatively easy one. Just up to the Molteno reservoir and around a few times. I’m not planning to slow down my Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training during this half-marathon prep so it’ll be interesting to see how one affects the other. BJJ is always on Monday and Wednesday evenings.