Oh wait, it starts today!
For the next 12 weeks, I will complete Hal Higdon's training program. For my last half, I used the Novice2 level. For this one, I am stepping it up a bit and doing the intermediate program. Basically, the only differences are training 5 days/week instead of 4, increasing some of the miles on some of the shorter runs, and adding a little bit of speedwork.
Aside from all of the running that will be done, I am also interested to see what happens to my weight during this time. During my first training program, I was able to lose about 15 pounds. Since then, I've put a little back on in my month & a half off since the race. So my goal for this time around is to end up at 210 by race day. We'll see how it goes.
Starting weight: 228
Goal weight: 209 (75 lb mark)
Comments: They say it's hard to lose weight during training because people have to eat more to sustain the endurance. Since I was able to lose quite a bit last time, I am confident that I can do it again. Once I actually get into training and make it through the first couple weeks, I will get to 220 no problem. That will just consist of working off the excess that I have put on. The difficulty will lie in passing 215 and getting to 210. That will take a whole lot of effort. But it will be worth it in the end. A couple of "vacation" periods have killed my eating habits, but I'm just about ready to get back into the swing of things. This first week is funky since I am in Minnesota, but it's starting off with a bang. A trail run in my woods, a half marathon relay on the 4th, then an unofficial 5K with the Do Life team.
Time to kick some butt!