Training Plan for the Hotlanta Half

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I mentioned in my post earlier this week that I am really focusing on building strength this training cycle.  In addition, I’m focusing on adding in more cross training into my routine!  The majority of my running will be easy running based on feel.

Here are my goals for this training cycle that I had in mind when I made my plan:

  • More cross training
  • Build up to a base of around 25 miles a week, using the 10% rule as a guideline
  • Complete my assigned biomechanics, mobility, and PT exercises every week
  • Focus on strength training 4 days a week – 2 days of lower body, 1 day of core, and 1 day of upper body

It seems like a lot, but really, my runs during the week will be pretty short.  The assigned exercises don’t take too long.  The big change for me will be 4 days of dedicated strength training.  I’m a little nervous of how sore I’m going to be, so I may need to make some adjustments the first few weeks.

Here’s what a typical week will look like for me over the next couple of months:

Monday: Short run, all my assigned exercises, and lower body strength training

Tuesday: Cross training, biomechanics exercises, and upper body strength training

Wednesday: Short run, all my assigned exercises, and core strength training

Thursday: Cross training, biomechanics exercises, and lower body strength training

Friday: Short run, mobility exercises

Saturday: Long run, mobility exercises

Sunday: Rest/Yoga

Another thing I’m going to try is mapping out my specific strength workouts for the week each Sunday night.  I’ve found that when left to do it on the fly, I don’t work as hard nor as long.  I have a couple of resources I’ll be trying out for this.  One thing I know about myself: I like structure and do best with it, so I’m making sure to give myself that structure to set me up for success.

Make sure to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates throughout the week, and follow me on Bloglovin’ to see my training recaps each Monday morning.  Here’s to getting ready for the Hotlanta Half….and then Marathon Training!

Psssst…..I’m partnering with the Hotlanta Half as an official ambassador! This will be my first time running the race, and I’m using it as a race to build a solid base of miles and strength going into marathon training.

(In exchange for spreading the word, I’ve received a discounted entry, but all opinions are always my own. Want to join me? Use code HHJESSICA5 for $5 off your registration on! Hurry, prices go up April 15!)


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