So, what I was thinking was that starting March 2, I will begin structured training for a half-marathon at the end of May. That would give 13 weeks. I haven't decided how structured I am going to be in terms of training. For March I just plan to do one fartlek run with short intervals and either a longer tempo fartlek or more likely throw in 2-4 tempo miles into the latter half of my long runs. While I'm working I will more or less be confined to my lunch time to get my runs in, so I will probably do a longish run on Saturdays and my long long run on Sundays. My first week will look something like this:
M: easy 4
T: easy 6
W: 1 hour fartlek with 4 x 1:00, 1:00, 2:00 with half rest.
Th: easy 6
F: easy 6 including 5 x 30 second strides
Sa: 8 easy
Su: 90 minute run with 15 minutes of up tempo between minutes 60 and 75.
This will give me 48 miles for the week. I won't increase much over the month. Maybe go to 55 miles per week by the end. Then I will test my fitness on March 29th with a local 5k. From this I will decide how to proceed.
I anticipate I will follow the program I followed for the first half of my last marathon training cycle and I'll keep my mileage between 55 and 60. A typical week will be as follows:
M: easy 4
T: run #1 5 x 1000 ~ 10k pace + 4 x 200; run #2 easy 4
W: easy 6
Th: easy 6
F: 4 mile tempo ~ HM pace.
Sa: easy 8
Su: 14 with 2-4 mile push at the end + strides.
In April I plan to run a 10 miler which will tell me where I am for longer distances and I may tweak my training accordingly. Most likely this will cause me to adjust my training paces and nothing else.
Then May will be my big month. I plan a 5k the first weekend, a 10k two weeks after that and then my half-marathon 2 weeks after that. I don't expect miracles, but I think I'll have a good shot to be fairly close to my pr's at least.
If all goes well, I'll start training for the Akron Marathon in June!
PS I don't even want to mention what I have to do tomorrow. Ugh.