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The Plan

It sounds sinister. It’s probably evil. It’s also a fantastic way to de-stress after a challenging day at the office, clear my head, and energize my mood. It’s… The Plan.

For this first Half Marathon (the Cowtown), I’m following a pretty standard plan that ramps miles up conservatively, with three shorter runs each week and then a longer run on the weekends, followed by a taper the week before the race.

In reality, I’m actually going to be doing two Half Marathons: an unofficial one on December 27th to serve as a barometer, and then the official Cowtown Half Marathon in 2015.

“Wait!” You say, confused. “You’re running your own Half Marathon before you do your first Half Marathon?”

You’re damn right, imaginary person. I don’t do anything half-assed, and I don’t like nasty surprises… which is exactly why I’m going to run a Half Marathon before I run my first Half Marathon.

The Plan

Week of October 5th
Tuesday: 3 Miles
Wednesday: 2 Miles
Thursday: 3 Miles
Saturday: 4 Miles
MPW: 12

Week of October 12th
Tuesday: 3 Miles
Wednesday: 2 Miles
Thursday: 3 Miles
Saturday: 4 Miles
MPW: 12

Week of October 19th
Tuesday: 3.5 Miles
Wednesday: 2 Miles
Thursday: 3.5 Miles
Saturday: 5 Miles
MPW: 14

Week of October 26th
Tuesday: 3.5 Miles
Wednesday: 2 Miles
Thursday: 3.5 Miles
Saturday: 5 Miles
MPW: 14

Week of November 2nd
Tuesday: 4 Miles
Wednesday: 2 Miles
Thursday: 4 Miles
Saturday: “Black Light” 5k
Sunday: 6 Miles
MPW: 19.1

Week of November 9th
Tuesday: 4 Miles
Wednesday: 2 Miles
Thursday: 4 Miles
Saturday: 5k for time (to check pace)
MPW: 13.1

Week of November 16th
Tuesday: 4.5 Miles
Wednesday: 3 Miles
Thursday: 4.5 Miles
Saturday: 7 Miles
MPW: 19

Week of November 23rd
Tuesday: 4.5 Miles
Wednesday: 3 Miles
Thursday: Lots of turkey… and then 4.5 Miles
Saturday: 8 Miles
MPW: 20

Week of November 30th
Tuesday: 5 Miles
Wednesday: 3 Miles
Thursday: 5 Miles
Saturday: 10k for time (to check pace)
MPW: 19.2

Week of December 7th
Tuesday: 5 Miles
Wednesday: 3 Miles
Thursday: 5 Miles
Saturday: 9 Miles
MPW: 22

Week of December 14th
Tuesday: 5 Miles
Wednesday: 3 Miles
Thursday: 5 Miles
Saturday: 10 Miles
MPW: 23

Week of December 21st
Tuesday: 4 Miles
Wednesday: 3 Miles
Thursday: 2 Miles
Saturday: 13.1 Miles
MPW: 22.1

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About Carter Schimpff

Husband. Marketer. Fort Worth runner. TCU alum. Rugger. CrossFit enthusiast. Running enthusiast. Blogger. Aspiring Ironman. Occasionally offensive. Unintentionally (un)funny.

6 comments

  1. This looks SO much like my training plan for my first Cowtown, which was honestly the best race experience I’ve had yet. We even had the same time goal! You seriously couldn’t have picked a better race for your first half. I LOVE Cowtown.

  2. Carter I would suggest hill training at least once every other week for speed and endurance. Just take one of your shorter distance runs and make it a hilly course. The benefits of hill training are amazing. 🙂

    • GREAT advice Sara, thank you! I’ll definitely throw some hill training in!

      Now, I just need to find some hills…

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