Last week, I embarked on my official 1/2 marathon training plan. I decided to use Hal Higdon's 1/2 marathon novice plan, and skip the first 2 weeks of the plan since I already have a good 4 mile base. I started last week on week 3, and roared through the week like a champ. I had my longest run ever (5 miles) on Sunday while in Tennessee, and it was a greatly fantastic feeling. The last mile was an ass kicker, but I finished in about 54 minutes.
I plan to stick with the Hal Higdon plan until race day on May 3, and I'll also add a little P:I action in there to stay motivated and give myself a little variety. There's no rules against using P:I on the Hal Higdon plan, right?
This is my world, and I'm the boss.
When I perused the Hal Higdon plan many months ago (when Sista first recommended it to me), my only concern was that it's asking me to run 3 days in a row (Tuesday run, Wednesday run or cross, Thursday run), and I was a little nervous about stressing the old knee/leg/calf 3 days in a row. That said, I'm just going to totally ignore my instinct for the time being and see how this week goes.
Because that's how I roll.
I'm not tryin' to be no sissy pants here, people. I have to at least try the old knee out and see how she does. If my knee/leg/calf is revolting by Thursday, I'll regroup.
That said, in the instance that I need to rearrange some of the Hal Higdon plan in order to cooperate more with the Questionable Knee/Leg/Calf plan, I need to be able to make changes. The printable plan is only offered through the Hal Higdon website in pdf format. They've got the file on lock-down, and I don't possess magical powers to transform it. I tried, trust me.
What to do...what to do.
Create an Excel spreadsheet, of course!
So, if you want to use Hal's 1/2 marathon novice plan, but you want to switch it up a little, make some changes, notes to self, etc., you can get my Excel version HIZZLE. It's wicked awesome. Not really, but I just wanted to say wicked awesome.