In the spring of 2014 I was dual-training for a sprint triathlon and a half marathon!! I have competed in short distance triathlons for about 5 years and I love them. Its fun to change things up and triathlon allows for that.
I am also trained for a half marathon. This distance had been on my bucket list for a few years and I finally made the decision to do it! Luckily, one of my besties is ran as well so I had an awesome training buddy for long runs and general support and encouragement.
Because I had been competing for years, I knew I was going to mostly follow Tri-Newbies online training plan that I had followed in the past. This 10-week plans incorporates plenty of swimming, biking, running and brick workouts. I love that it has specific brick days (biking followed immediately by running) because its the element of triathlon I know the least about. Bricks simulate part or the race and are important to practice to help your legs acclimate from cycle legs to running legs.
I spent many hours (on Pintrest) searching for half marathon training plans before finding one that suited my work and school schedules (at the time) and would work well with my triathlon training plan. I settled on Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 Half Marathon Training Program. This plan is so simple and well laid out. When comparing it to my triathlon training plan, many of the run days overlapped which is perfect for me.
Fridays were my scheduled rest days but I did long-ish but slow swims in the morning along with 20-30 minutes of walking (treadmill style).