This has officially marked my first week in half marathon training for the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon on November 2, 2013.

Monumental Half Marathon Training Plan

This time, I really wanted to set a new goal for myself.

I have completed the half marathon race distance four times before, I have completed it in under two hours, and now I am ready for a new challenge.  This time, I really wanted to focus on my speed with the hopes of completing the race in 1:45:00.  I realize that this is shaving a HUGE chunk of time off of my current 1:56:20 best race pace…but I still want to aim for it.  If not with this race, then the next!

A couple of weeks ago, I had my VO2 Max test done to help figure out how hard I can train.  I’ll be posting a more detailed recap of this and how it has helped with my training experience on the NIFS blog in the near future so I don’t want to go into too much detail now.

Just know that I used this test to help figure out my training plan this time around.

vo2 max 2

My workout routine has had to change slightly, which will take some getting used to.  Although I thoroughly enjoyed my routine of Thursday morning Bodypump, subbing that workout with a run and adding a few more runs in throughout the week will be a change that my body welcomes.  I love switching up my workouts every so often so I don’t “get used” to doing anything 🙂

run 2

Wish me luck on my training, and I will be sure to keep you posted on the progress!

Half Marathon Training Resources:

Question of the Day:

  • How do you normally increase your speed while training for a race?
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  1. Awesome! Good luck – that’s my next half marathon goal too. When I want to focus on speed I normally run on a treadmill so I can really control my splits. Repeat miles are good and I try to do negative split workouts every now and then!

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