With so many people in the Athens community getting excited for the AthHalf on Oct. 20, all of us at BLAST900 Athens want to help out in every way we can. Some of our regular BLASTers have told us they will see us after they are done with half-marathon training, but anyone training for the AthHalf who hasn’t been BLASTing may be missing out on some key elements of training! Our strength training, speed intervals and major inclines can help you dominate this half marathon. Trust us – Cameron, one of the Athens owners, dropped three minutes off her half marathon time when she started BLASTing three times a week—and this was right after she had her first baby!
Gear up for the big race by following this training schedule created by lead fitness instructor, Sara Hendley, which can be found at the bottom of this post. Sara came up with this awesome schedule just for you all! You can rearrange the days to fit your schedule (we know you college kids may not be working out much on Sundays after gamedays!) and add or subtract rest days however you’d like.
Here are a few other tips from Sara to make sure you do as well as you possibly can in the AthHalf:
- If this is your first half, don’t worry about time. Train to be comfortable!
- When lifting weights, stay at 8-10 lbs. MAX to strengthen slow-twitch muscle fibers…this will help with endurance!
- BLAST900 workouts are great because they cater to high rep workouts. These and sprints will help you build endurance and speed for the race!
- Don’t worry about running 13.1 miles before the race-get to 10 and then motivation and endorphins will get you through.
- You can rearrange the days as you need to-just get the long runs in!
- WATER, WATER, WATER…and no alcohol the week before the race!
Good luck Athens runners, and we hope to see you maximizing your training in a BLAST900Athens class soon!