HALF MARATHON 2021 WITH ‘SAINTS DAYS’ 5K & 10K RACES TRAINING PLANS FOR RUNNERS AND WALKERS WILL START ON JANUARY 10.
DRAFTS OF PLANS, PARTS 1 & 2, ARE NOW AVAILABLE at the end of this post and on the RESOURCES PAGE. Check them out if you are considering taking on this endurance distance race challenge. Each plan prepares you first for a 5k race that would be scheduled in mid-February, near February 14, St. Valentine’s Day, and in mid-March near March 17, St Patrick’s Day. After Week 10 the training will concentrate on the Half Marathon
Runners and walkers can train all the way to May. Alternately, some may decide to follow the programs only for WEEKS 1-10, and not continue with training after finishing the March 10K race. This strategy is perfectly acceptable and will prepare you to compete in events that are normally celebrated with fun weekends in the middle to late winter months!
Disciplined training for these shorter distance races in relatively close succession can help you get through these oftentimes dreary winter weeks and to maintain decent fitness levels. Do not feel you need to extend training through the May end date. Use these plans to survive January, February, and March and then move on to other training if completing a half marathon is not a goal challenge.
In 2021, restrictions related to COVID-19 prevention are likely to still be in place however, and personal or virtual events will be the choices for participation. Mastering these endurance distance aerobic challenges in small groups or solo can still be rewarding and fun.
The work of planning each day’s physical fitness activities for 10 weeks will have been done for you by these separate RUN and WALK programs. And each plan attempts to provide safe training that also emphasizes strength training and includes mobility work, some cross training opportunities, and recovery periods.
See you January 10, 2021.
RUN & MOVE HAPPY!
HALF MARATHON 2021 Earned Runs Training Plan with ‘SAINTS DAYS’ 5K & 10K races
RUN Part 1 pdf: Weeks 1-10; January 10 to March 20
RUN Part 2 pdf: Weeks 9-18; March 9 to May 15
WALK Part 1 pdf: Weeks 1-10; January 10 to March 20
WALK Part 2 pdf: Weeks 9-18; March 9 to May 15
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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