I’m done, I’m done, I’m done!

Merry Christmas to me! On Wednesday I passed my final exam, finishing my certificate program. I finished out my work week on Thursday and won’t be returning to the office until January 2nd. That is almost two whole weeks of commitment free relaxation. I barely know what to do with myself. It’s amazing how much I had taken for granted the free time that I had at my disposal when I was strictly working full time – without the added stress of classes and studying. Never again!

I’ll spend the next few days with family in Virginia and then head back to Raleigh for a week of cuddling with the dog, Netflix marathons, and getting my life back in order from the past few months of chaos.

Of course I am also excited to get back on track with my workouts. My plan remains the same – to train for a PR-worthy half marathon in March or April and then use that momentum to train for my second marathon in October or November. I’ve already picked out a training plan for the half. I made some minor tweaks to Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Half-Marathon Training Schedule. Check it out below.

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1 Rest 3 miles 5×400
5k pace
3 miles Rest 5 miles 3 mile run & strength
2 Rest 3 miles 30 min tempo 3 miles pace Rest 6 miles 3 mile run & strength
3 Rest 3.5 miles 6×400
5k pace
Rest Rest 5k Race 3 mile run & strength
4 Rest 3.5 miles 35 min tempo 3 miles Rest 7 miles 3 mile run & strength
5 Rest 4 miles 7×400
5k pace
3 miles pace Rest 8 miles 3 mile run & strength
6 Rest 4 miles 40 min tempo Rest Rest 10k Race 3 mile run & strength
7 Rest 4.5 miles 8×400
5k pace
4 miles pace Rest 9 miles 3 mile run & strength
8 Rest 4.5 miles 40 min tempo 5 miles pace Rest 10 miles 3 mile run & strength
9 Rest 5 miles 9×400
5k pace
Rest Rest 15k Race 3 mile run & strength
10 Rest 5 miles 45 min tempo 5 miles pace Rest 11 miles 3 mile run & strength
11 Rest 5 miles 10×400
5k pace
3 miles pace Rest 12 miles 3 mile run & strength
12 Rest 4 miles 30 min tempo Rest Rest Half Marathon 3 mile run & strength

That will be all for now because this girl has some last minute Christmas shopping to do. But hopefully this blog will get a lot more use now that I am a free woman!

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