Aah! There're 7 more weeks till my Half-Marathon!!! Don't worry I've been training :D
I know I mentioned before that I had some Achilles Tendon troubles before but thank goodness that I caught it early and rested. Everything went back to normal after about 1-1.5 weeks! After that I've just been doing easy jogs of about 25-30 minutes. Now it's time to do some formal training.
I have now added in some long runs and some speedwork. I have successfully done a 13km run in my "Barefoot slippers" which are kind of like Vibrams. Woaa... I guess this whole barefoot transition is working out. I was sore after the run, but only for a day or two. Perfect :)
In terms of speedwork I'll be alternating between tempo runs and interval training. I did some intervals yesterday which consisted of a 5 minute warm up (6.4mph) and alternating 5x1 minutes of 8.5mph and 5mph. On my sixth sprint, I actually did 9mph :P Then it was a 5 minute cooldown (6.4mph) followed by stretching. In total this was a 22 minute workout. Nice, quick, and painful ;) It's really quite amazing that a year ago my sprints would only be 8mph. Yay for improvement! For tempo runs, I'm aiming to start of with a 26 min 5k and get it down to 24.5-25 min 5k. I'll see how things go. Theoretically I should be doing 10k tempo runs but I'll be conserving my strength for school related things in the next few weeks. Maybe I'm just scared :S
So la voila! Here's my proposed training schedule below. It's basically 4 days of running- 1 long run, 1 speedwork (intervals or tempo) run, and 2 recovery runs. There're also 2-3 days of Hot Yoga. The schedule is specifically designed to accommodate my extra curriculars along with school work.
PS: For next week, I'll be putting together a report on my barefoot transition experiences so far.
Any suggestions with regards to the training schedule?