The 28th of December was officially the first day of my structured training plan. I am using the Garmin Level 2 heart rate based training plan. Garmin owners have a variety of free training plans to suit their needs. There are general fitness plans and race-specific plans from 5k to Marathon, cycling plans are also available. I am using a Garmin Fenix 3 along with a Garmin Tri heart rate strap I will write up more on the devices and how I am getting along with them in the future.
My Half Marathon plan recommends I race a 10km race in the 8th week which will be on the 23rd of February just a few days before my birthday. I am planning to enter the Old Mutual 10km race which will be taking place that weekend. The race will hopefully give me a good indication of progress and a good seeding for the Half Marathon In April. After the half marathon, I will begin my training for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon which takes place in September and is my qualifier for the 2020 56km Ultra Marathon. My training plan has recommended I race another half marathon before then. I have not found anything at present around that time as it will be around the Comrades Marathon and there not many other races happening around that time.
My Goals for 2019
Set New 10km PR – 47:00
Set New HM PR- 1:45
Run First Marathon 3h40
I arrived at these goals by using the VDOT calculator by Run Smart Projects, I talked about it in my previous post on how to set your goals for running. I will be racing the Old Mutual 10km race in February, The Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon in April plus one other half marathon and then my first marathon will be the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.
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