WEEK 6 HALF MARATHON 2018 with SAINTS DAYS 5k&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 in later March (Chicago’s Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K will be held March 25 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 (walk is 5.5 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. The RUNNER plan does not formally schedule a cross training day. The WALKER Earned Runs plan suggests Mondays, and this could work for runners too. Each individual must determine what and how to cross train without adversely affecting running days.
Sundays, Wednesdays, or Fridays could also handle cross-training sessions, 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 runner plan has 4 running days (walker plan has 4 walking days), one day could be substituted with cross-training to spare your legs. However, runners should keep the long run session and the hills’ session if you are comfortably able to do them. Walkers should try to maintain the long walk and one HIIT walk session.
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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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