The Plan

Over the last month or so, I’ve composed 10 training plans for the Disney Wine & Dine half marathon (and one for the Walt Disney World marathon). None of them have been for me. If the cobbler’s children have no shoes, then I suppose the coach, himself, has no training plan…or something like that.

Since we’re down to 18 weeks left to train for the Disney Wine & Dine half marathon, I thought it was high time to put a plan for myself out there. I haven’t yet decided whether I’ll race it or just pace some of the Digital Running Club team members. So, I’m training as though I’m going to race it. That way if I’m pacing a slower group, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Jack Daniels' VDOT tables based on recent race performance
Jack Daniels' VDOT tables based on recent race performance

I opened up my trusty Jack Daniels VDOT tables and saw that I’m not in as good of shape as I’d like to think. Theoretically, Alice is in better shape than I am right now, but I’ve been running with her a lot and I don’t think that’s true in reality. With only 18 weeks to go, however,  it looks like topping my current PR of 1:29:11 is probably out of the question. I’ll be going in with the goal of 1:33:00, which is better than the 1:36:xx I ran in December.

Most of my speed workouts will be in the form of long threshold pace intervals. My peak weekly mileage will be 50 and my longest run will be 16 miles. This will be my first summer running with a lot of coaching clients, so it’ll be interesting to see how well I stick to the plan given the intricacies of working my running into other people’s schedules. If anyone is interested, here is the plan(pdf).


  1. It was interesting to read your blog. I too am a “ex” runner who now trains others and it is so difficult to get my own training in. I no longer put the long miles in as now-a-days I only race 5ks but I completely understand the dilema. I would be interested to know how it works out for you. Good luck and keep us posted.

  2. the thing about ol’ jack is you need so much room on a spreadsheet for his workouts 🙂

    and c’mon now… 18 weeks, you can totally get in pr shape by then. that’s always the voice of “reason” i tend to have.

    on a sidenote: i’ve tried to comment on raffi’s blog a few times, but it keeps telling me that i must go back and do some math to prove i’m not a robot…. except there is no spot for the math problem like she used to have.

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