Today was the first day of my training for the OUC Orlando Half Marathon in December. I am currently using the Nike Plus app for my training. The Nike plus app has different degrees of difficulty for different race distances so I chose the advanced half marathon plan. It’s a bit ambitious, but I think I can handle it! As mentioned before, over the summer I completed the beginning half plan with no race in mind and that training was pretty challenging. I’m hoping that I can complete this training since I have completed one plan before and I am running more mileage now. These “OUC Half Training” Posts are going to detail my Nike plus training and how I am dealing with it as I try to reach my goal of a sub 1:50 half marathon.
For today the Nike app wanted me to start the training by running an easy and comfortable three miles. I don’t like running less than a 5k during a training run so I ran a little more than three miles. The weather was an overcast 77 degrees which was nice, but there was still humidity involved. I laced up my original Glycerin 12s ( I now own three pair) and then I hit the road. I usually try to run my best pace, not race pace but a pretty good pace, but not today. I really want to stick with what the training plan calls for and it wanted me to take it easy, so I did. I have been fatigued lately doing my own training so I hope this plan helps with that.
I ran my 5k running route around the neighborhood. I felt pretty good and it really helped that there was no sun out. I ended up running 3.3 miles at an easy pace which averaged to 9:19 per mile and for some reason my last mile was my fastest. I think I just always want to get home sooner so I subconsciously speed up when I am close to my destination. My total time was 30:44. My legs felt pretty good after the run and I think I am ready for my first speed work out tomorrow!