I like planning. I like having a plan. I hate wasting money. I’ll typically sign up for several large races a year now that I’m running consistently. If you plan them out a year in advance you can usually get a much better deal on the cost for the races. That is a big incentive for me to plan it out. If you travel, rock-n-roll marathons even offer packages for multiple races in a year around the U.S. and the world.
I’ve decided after last year’s marathon that was extremely difficult just to finish, I’m sticking to half marathons and 5-10ks. I’ll through in a couple of triathalons to round out the year. First big race will be a half marathon, beer related of course. I’m going to go for increasing speed this time around. I’ll be using Hal Higdon’s intermediate half marathon training program. It is 12 weeks and can be finished in plenty of time.
I never stopped running some so I’ll use the extra couple of weeks to do the week 1-2 and then 3-4 twice to get a better base. Plan your runs early and often to keep on track. Get ready for a great 2016.