17 days off work- how best to take advantage of them

I'm training for a half marathon at the end of April, and as I've got this long stretch off work I thought I should try to use it the best way possible

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24/12/2013 at 17:54
Weather's been fine where I am. Sub-zero early on when I go out, but as long as there's no wind or rain that's actually quite nice. I'm near Madrid.
27/12/2013 at 19:01
Well I've done 52km since Saturday, mostly pretty slowly. That's 48 left to hit the target I set for myself, with 11 days to do it in. Heading to Rota near Cadiz tomorrow, where it is nice and flat, so if my legs hold up I hope I'll reach and exceed the 100km in good time.
28/12/2013 at 11:27

Good going!

30/12/2013 at 18:16
Update: 33k to target after this morning. Feeling very pleased with myself. I achieved a PB of 10k in 55:33.
30/12/2013 at 18:41

That's great - a PB in training means you'd beat it in a race easily!

31/12/2013 at 11:18
Thanks, I hope so. It's a bit different here from what I'm used to- sea-level and flat as opposed to 650m up, hilly and rough underfoot. I can feel the asphalt in my ankle today.
31/12/2013 at 17:44
But went out anyway. 6km along the cycle lane and seafront. My daughter came with me in her new skates and set the pace, which was quite fast but frequently interrupted to drink from water fountains and look at fish in th water and stray cats on the pier and that kind of thing.
31/12/2013 at 17:45
And now only 27k to go to reach my distance target.
07/01/2014 at 22:10

Well I did it with a day to spare, and 2.5k over the 100. I also got 10k and 5k PBs under my belt in the process. Fairly pleased with that, now it's time to start thinking properly about this half marathon.

07/01/2014 at 23:27

Brilliant. What half Mara and when is it? Are you on a DIY plan if not which plan are you following? 

08/01/2014 at 07:21

Well I've been looking at the Hal Higdon plans but there are a couple of 'yes buts'. The first thing is scheduling. For at least the next couple of mnths Tuesday and Wednesday are more or less impossible, which cuts the week in half, with my two rest days back-to-back. On Saturdays and Sundays I have a running buddy. What we've been doing is about 8k on Saturdays, quite quickly (for us!), and then building up distance on Sundays when we both have more time- we are already up to running 16k, but with some walking and stretching breaks. I like both of these runs, as being with somebody else pushes me to go faster and further, but it seems that to have my fastest run followed by my longest run goes against the advice on the training plans. So my plan lokks more or less like this 

Mon- easy run 5/6k

Tues - ditto

Wed- rest

Thurs- rest

Fri- easy run 5/6k

Sat- faster 7-9K

Sun - Long run of 15k

08/01/2014 at 08:56

Sorry that should be Tues rest and Thurs easy run

09/01/2014 at 10:03

Ahh did you ask on another thread about this, and i said something about running on x days, which as you say above you cannot do.  If so sorry!!

Just remember to go slow on your long runs, no point using all your energy up before the race.

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