My Preparation to half marathon

This post describes how I prepared for the half marathon. This is not an ideal way to prepare for any endurance event, leave alone a half marathon. But as my circumstances had it, I had only so much time to prepare(4 weeks, of which 1 week I cound’nt train due to injury). One must have at least 12/16 weeks to prepare for a half marathon, especially if its your first half marathon.

Do not use this post as guideline for preparing any endurance event.

I have been walking for past 18/19 months even before I started training for this(2nd Vasai Virar Mayor Marathon) event. I used to walk at least 4 times a week an average distance of 4.5 km daily. But that was just from health point of view, it was not training for any event. My walking speed was 10min/km or thereabout. once in a while I use to do a long walk of 8/9 km. I also visited Uttarakhand prior to training, there at high altitude I ended up walking 90 km in 12 days.

After coming from Uttarakhand trip, I heard about the half marathon in Vasai, so I decided to participate. I started my walking sessions, unaware of how to train for marathon. I started with 4 km walks, increased by 2 km, till I could walk 10/12 km. Then I was confident that I could run a half marathon, so I went and registered for the race exactly a month before the race day.

I ran for 9 days and the 10th day I  ran the race!!! Here is my training log for the 9 days of training.

Format of the log : 5.30 means 5 minutes and 30 seconds, (2.10) means either complete rest or walk for 2 min and 10 sec, Distance : total distance ran on that day, Time : total time running, walk: total walk time.

Warmup  : walk 700m

Cool Down : walk 700 m

Day 1: 1.1 km walk, 800 m run, 300m walk,

Day 2: 5.30, (2.0 rest) 5.22,

Day3:(Saturday 22/09/12) 5.34 (2.0 rest) 5.14 (4.0 rest) 6.07
Sprint: 0.33, 0.48 Total distance – 4 km. (3.6 km jog, 440m sprint). 4 min of stretch

Day4:(Sunday 23/09/12) 5.34 (2.0) 3.44 (2.0) 2.14 (6.0) 2.10 (4.0) 2.10
Sprint : 1.05 Total time- 17 mins, Distance – 3.9 km. walk – 1.5 km. 4 min of stretch

Day5:(Tuesday 25/09/12) 5:22 (0.20) 5.11 (2.0 walk) 3.30 (6.0 walk) 2.34, 2.14(walk) 1.30 (Sprint) 4.0 (walk) Distance – 5 kms Run 18 mins Walk 14 mins. 4 min of stretch

Day6: (Thursday 27/09/12)5.22 5.22 (1.0) 8.0(6.0 run 2.0 walk) 11.40 (walk) Distance – 4.4 kms Run Time – 12.44 Walk Time – 17.40. 4 min of stretch

Day7:(Saturday 29/09/12) 5.34 5.34 6.43 7.05 7.14 5.43 Distance – 6 kms Run Time – 25 mins walk time – 13 mins. 4 min of stretch

Day8:(Tuesday 02/10/12 Rain, Cool Temp) 5.58 5.50 (walk 10 sec) 5.51 (45 sec walk) 5.45 (45 sec walk) 7.06 (2.0 walk) 6.40 (2.0 walk) 1 min rest 3.03 2.40 Distance – 7.4 kms Run time – 36 mins walk – 6 mins. 4 min of stretch

Day9:(Fri 05/10) 5.22 5.27 6.07(of which 1.20 walk) 7.07 (of which 2.0 walk) 3.0 rest 4.11(2.0 of which walk) 1.0 rest 4.14 (of which 2.0 walk) 3.0 Distance – 6km Run time 26 mins walk – 7 mins. 4 min of stretch

Note:Do not use this post as guideline for preparing any endurance event.

Day10 Sunday 14th October 2012 ran half marathon in 2:53:14

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