Hi everyone! While I’m away exploring London and eating all of the fish & chips with a pint, I scheduled some awesome fellow running bloggers to guest post! Today Meredith from The Cookie ChRUNicles is sharing a fun and effective half marathon long run workout with us. Meredith won my coaching services giveaway and is a strong half marathoner, so I’m very excited about this post!
Hi! My name is Meredith and I host the blog, The Cookie ChRUNicles. I was so excited when Laura asked if I would be interested in guest posting while she was away this week. I love Laura’s blog and value everything she shares with us each day so being asked to contribute some of my own running wisdom to her blog is an honor. Seriously.
Editor’s note: I was so excited when Meredith agreed to post for me! Her blog is one of my favorites to read because she is so refreshingly honest and friendly.
I have a really fun workout for you today that I hope you will try the next time you want to run long but wonder how to pass the time without a specific plan in mind.
I am all about making my miles engaging. I like running workouts that challenge me without feeling intimidating yet at the same time, also help me to zone in on my run, forgetting about everything else.
I like to make workouts fun, versatile and customizable so that I can use each running workout that I create multiple times and for many purposes. While I do not follow specific race training plans, I like to think that the workouts I conjure up can complement your training plan really well so long as you adjust the miles and strategies to meet your needs.
I do not focus my workouts based on specific paces. Rather, I challenge myself (and you) to go by how you feel and get a little creative while pushing out of your comfort zone, allowing things to happen as you run.
This workout is perfect for just that! As you will see, you will have three sets of 3 miles to run at an increased effort with easy miles in between. With each group of 3 miles, get creative! Maybe you want to run them at a tempo pace, maybe you want to create some negative splits and maybe you want to get faster and faster as you progress through the run.
You can adjust the number of miles you are running for this workout as well. If you don’t have time to run 13 miles or simply want to run less, you can always drop one or two of the 3-mile sets.
Just make sure you warm up and cool down!
Do you add “stuff” to your long runs to turn them into harder workouts?
How are you creative with your workouts?