Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon Quick Training Update

We are super pumped to be heading to wine country in CA next month for the Napa-Sonoma HM. We have been really training hard for this one, typically about 4 days a week. 2 of those are nice easy sessions, just tossing back a few beers or glasses of wine at an easy pace. 1 session is speedwork typically consisting of 2-4 x margarita repeats with short H20 breaks in between. Then we try to get at least one long training session in per week, usually on Saturdays beginning around brunch-time and often lasting into the evening. We really like to do these on the beach so the ocean breeze can help us keep cool, and have been working on pacing so we don't start too fast. You have to reign in your excitement at the beginning so you conserve enough energy to kick it to the finish. After training long like that, you need to make sure to rehydrate and refuel so you're not feeling like death afterwards. We have a couple more weeks of training, then a short taper. I think we are definitely going to be ready to rock it!!

19 comments:

lindsay said...

lol. i'm glad you are dedicating so much time to such intense training! whew those saturdays at the beach must be tough to squeeze in ;)

Marlene said...

haha, love it! make sure you don't overdo it now!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

LMAO. too funny

Amy said...

haha, I like your speedwork. I was about to ask, "what's a margarita mean?" then realized you were talking about ACTUAL margaritas. I think you might be on to something...

Jess said...

I think that will be an awesome race! I've always wanted to run that one. Mainly for the wine, but I hear it's a beautiful course as well.

Carolina John said...

sounds like your preparations are well in hand. very nice!

kristen said...

Your my kind of girl. I love it. Sounds like you guys are on pace to take first in your AG.

Kristin said...

This sounds like my kind of training!

You guys are too funny and it is a shame that the four of us haven't gotten together for a long training session yet. Matt has been working really hard this past month. His training usually consists of a long slow session with a pint or so of rum, followed by 4 to 8 repeats of Bud Light cans.

Sometimes I join in the fun with a few rum and diet quick tempo runs, gotta watch the calories after all!

renae said...

Awesome! I'm throwing out my current training schedule and following yours!

Alisa said...

LOL...sounds like the perfect training plan to me.

audgepodge said...

HAHA... great job on the "training". ;)

I'll be doing that half as well but have not faired well on my training, drinking or otherwise.

Perhaps we should have a blogger meetup?

D10 said...

Sounds like you guys are well prepared! Cute post.

MCM Mama said...

LOL, wish I could be so dedicated!

Jeri said...

Hmmm...haven't seen that training plan yet... but if you slapped Higdon's name to the top of it, I'm sure I could be persuaded.... ;)
Haha.

aron said...

yessss sounds like fun :)

ok we HAVE to meet up!! dont let me forget!

Lisa said...

I'm jealous... I really want to run that race.

Maybe I should lighten up and train that way. You're going to have FUN.

Abby said...

This is great :)

NY Wolve said...

Sounds like a great plan. The long run in that plan ought to be pretty easy...

Kristin said...

Great post, very clever! Sounds much better than my half-marathon training plan. :)