I was a XC runner in high school but didn’t maintain running in college due to an injury. After college and with the void not swimming left in my life, I took up running again. I had a great partner in Charlottesville and got really comfortable maintaining a moderate mileage plan running about three days a week.
I ran the 10-miler race in Charlottesville for a few years and my first half marathon in December of 2011. I ran mostly for fitness and didn’t plan on doing long races. Once moving to Madison, I made friends with a super-fast runner and on a whim, entered the lottery for the 2013 New York Marathon. And by some sort of miracle I was picked for the lottery, in the year after it was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy! I followed a strict training program throughout the summer, had my great training partner drag me through long, fast runs and turned out a great time on marathon day.
It with that, the marathon bug bit. I’m not anxious to run out (no pun intended) and run another marathon but I am more encouraged to follow a plan and train for a new race. With our close friends’ wedding the week after Memorial Day, the Madison Half-Marathon became my new goal.
I used this Runner’s World Plan as my inspiration, laid out my training plan and have been using the plan as inspiration to hit my weekly exercise goals.
Last weekend was my peak and I’m looking forward to some rest during the taper, then race day on May 25!