Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half

This week is pretty exciting because I begin training for the Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, formerly known as the Philly Distance Run.

I am pretty excited to start training because I plan to kick some booty on this run. I am going to put it out there that hell or high water I want to run a sub 2 hour half marathon. I think it’s totally doable. I finished the ODDyssey Half in 2 hours and 3 minutes and some seconds. It was my first half and I just wanted to finish it.

I spent some time putting together a training plan pulled from different sources that also worked with the schedule.

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Some notes on the training plan:
Red equals workouts completed.
I am having trouble figuring out my 5k pace. The last time I ran a 5k I was a lot slower. This morning I did half at 8 minute miles and the rest at 7:45 minutes miles, but I think I might need to go even faster?
I have one day of strength training a week. I really enjoy strength training and don’t want to give it up for the sake of running.
I intend to do my long runs on Saturdays, but have no problem moving them to Sunday if something comes up. It’s a lot easier for me to stay in Friday night than Saturday night.
And although Sundays are a designated rest day, I am hoping to actual use that day to go on bike rides because I find that helps to keep my legs a lot looser.

So any thoughts? Comments? Helpful tips? I know a few others are running this half too!

In other news I got some new glasses.


9 responses to “Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half

  1. I don’t know if this will help you out any but if it does then awesome. I need to learn what all this stuff means.
    I’m joining their running group tomorrow! I’ve got about 5 weeks to meet my goal and some serious ass to kick.

  2. Yay congrats! Sounds like you have a pretty good plan. For me, the most important rules are 1) Cross train, 2) stretch, 3) strength train those legs!!! (Particularly quads.)

    Good luck!

  3. I am running that as well (need to sign up) I have been unofficially training but a set schedule is a good idea. I have a hard time sticking to schedules though, hmm…. 🙂 If you ever want to do a long run drop me an email!

  4. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Cute new glasses! I too have always done my long runs on Saturdays…I prefer to be able to go out Saturday nights as well.

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