With things winding down this Fall, I decided it was time to get back into running shape. Since I’ll be up and down the California coast in October and November, I went ahead and registered for the Santa Barbara Half Marathon in November. It’s a beautiful course, and I’ll use any excuse I can to visit Santa Barbara, especially at that time of year.
Now it’s on to training. I’m following some basic steps outlined at TrainingForHalfMarathon.org, and I’m doing a modified 10-week plan to get into shape. I would have loved to have had a full 12 weeks to train, but schedules wouldn’t allow for it. It’s vital to adhere to those rest days, so I think I will just increase my mileage on my long run days to compensate. It’s pretty straightforward. I just need to run long on Sundays. Mondays and Fridays are days off, and the other days I’m going to stay between 3 and 5 miles. There’s no need to do anything too intense, because my basic goal is simply to finish the race.