A couple of months ago when I registered for the Madison Mini Marathon (half marathon), I was biting my lip because I was unsure of whether or not it would be a good idea. Reason being, is that I’m “following” Hal Higdon’s novice II plan The word following is in quotation marks because I’m not strictly following it, instead I have been doing 1-2 more miles than suggested for the long runs. For instance:
Novice II plan calls for: 14 miles – I did 16
Novice II plan calls for: 15 miles – I did 17
Novice II plan calls for: 11 miles – I did 11 miles, it was a recovery week yo!
Novice II plan calls for: 17 miles – I did 18 miles
Novice II plan calls for: 18 miles – I’ll be doing 13.1
This week I should really be increasing by one mile from last week, but I’m thinking my body couldn’t/shouldn’t take another three and a half hour beating like that. Perhaps Novice II was a little presumptuous of me to go for. But Novice I seemed freakishly too short on mileage to achieve the 26.2 I’m going for.
So, what’s my point? I think I made the right decision in signing for the half marathon. I’m not going to run hard or go for a PR, I’m just going to run it for the fun of running with thousands of other enthusiastic runners.
(But really, my last half marathon, was my first, and first time experience running in extreme heat, so I didn’t do so hot, 02:28, so I’m pretty sure I’ll set a new PR, if not, I’ll live).