WEEK 6 HALF MARATHON with SAINTS DAYS 5k and 10K Training Plan
The upcoming weekend is probably the last on which an organized or custom race might be scheduled with a St. Valentine’s Day theme, so almost everyone will be looking ahead to the next “SAINTS DAY” 10K run at the beginning of Week 7.
St. Patrick’s Day-themed races can be found scheduled into April (Chicago’s Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K will be held April 3 this year), although the actual holiday is March 17. For those of you not running a 5K this week, the long run is 6 miles and, going forward, you will be building endurance to allow finishing this race distance with confidence.
There have been postings about cross training options. This Earned Runs training plan does not formally include specific directions on which day to incorporate other exercise. Individuals need to determine how best to do this without adversely affecting running days.
Sundays, Wednesdays, or Fridays could handle cross-training sessions but Tuesdays and Thursdays could as well, depending on your usual level of activity. You may find that a moderately paced swimming session provides a pleasant level of tiredness, or that a short high-intensity interval cycling class invigorates your next run.
Experiment and learn what helps you perform best physically and mentally. Although this plan has 4 running days, one day could be substituted with cross-training to spare your legs; however, keep the long run and the hills’ sessions.
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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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