It's not freezing out nor is it raining or snowing. I'll take it! A fun jog with the pups, my daily latte & some oatmeal are starting the week off well for me!
Last night while I was watching the Oscars, I decided to actually make good use of my time, so I finalized my training plan for the Pittsburgh Half on May 6. It's basically a nine-week training plan as I've been building my base with the February Run Challenge. Every time I look at that page I get depressed thinking of what could have been had I not gotten sick. Sigh.
One thing I've learned is that for me, cross training and rest days are key when training for a race. I don't want to risk burn out or boredom so you'll see two or more days each week set aside for cross training. I'm a big believer that as long as you are moving and stretching out your body, it's helpful. I don't seem to be someone who needs to log tons of miles per week, so as long as I make the miles worth it and focus on them, I should be in good shape.
For my cross training, I am hoping to mix things up with bosu, TRX, rowing, yoga and long walks with the dogs. I will keep up my weight routine but I am not adding in anything new at this point.
And it should go without saying that flexibility is key with this plan. Long runs may need to move weekend days due to weather, personal commitments, not feeling well, etc. But again, it's about being flexible. Isn't life about being flexible?!
Without further ado, my 2012 Pittsburgh Half Marathon & Cleveland 10K plan!
Are any other readers running the Pittsburgh Half?
What are your thoughts on cross training vs. mileage?