I’m running a half marathon in six weeks. I’m not terribly motivated to attempt anything spectacular with this race. I don’t think I’ll be pushing for a time goal. I would just like to run it consistently and in a strong fashion and drink beer with friends the day before and eat cupcakes after the race. Whatever that pace will be, it will be.
That makes the training interesting. I don’t really care if I do tempo runs or speed workouts. Hill workouts are causing problems with my back. My foot has been pestering me in an unkind way. My mental fortitude for long runs is… lacking. But there’s no getting around it. I’m running 13.1 in six weeks.
Instead of filling in a spreadsheet, I’ve looked at the calendar. Determined a long run strategy and I’m going to let the rest just fall into place. I’ll run three times a week. I may or may not do a speed workout weekly just to mix things up. I will bike and swim. I will do yoga. I will rest. I will walk or hike. And on November 2… I will let muscle memory and determination take over.
Who knows? This could the best half marathon training plan I’ve ever followed. (If by followed you mean kind of ran and didn’t watch pace too often and let myself have days off randomly.)