ChiRunning Intermediate Half Marathon

Plan Length: 12 Weeks

A 12-week training program for a half marathon using the ChiRunning technique.

Who Should Do This Plan

This program is for you if any of the following apply:

• You can comfortably run a 10K without stopping
• You are an intermediate runner wishing to increase distance and possibly speed
• You are willing and able to train 5 days per week
• You are a triathlete wishing to upgrade to a half Ironman
• You are interested in training for a more challenging half marathon event
• You are new to Chi Running or wish to increase your knowledge of Chi Running

Plan Price: $34.95


Sample Week Of Training

Other - Goal: Have your Upper Body Join the Fun!

Goal: Have your Upper Body Join the Fun!
Lesson: Upper Body
Book – p. 102, Chapter 4
DVD – Lesson 5

Rest Day

Check in with your shoulders today; are they tight and hunched, or low and relaxed?

Run - 45 min. Form Intervals

45 min Form Intervals
1 min. on/off Form Intervals: Practice Focus 1 for one min. on/one min. off for the first third of run; then, practice Focus 2 for one min. on/one min. off for second third of run.
Practice both Focuses together for the last third, one min. on/one min. off.

PRE: 4 at the beginning progressing to 5 at the end

Focus 1: Bend your elbows to 90° (don’t pump) and swing rearward
Focus 2: Shoulders squared forward and relaxed

Planned: 45:00

Run - 45 min. Form Intervals

45 min. Form Intervals
1 min. on/off Form Intervals (same as Mon., different Focuses)

PRE: 4
Focus 1: Y’chi directs energy forward through your eyes (Book – p. 44, 85)

Focus 2: Swing elbows to the rear.

Planned: 45:00

Run - 40 min. Form Intervals

30-40 min. Form Intervals
1 min. on/off Form Intervals: Practice the following Focuses as a "Pair" – try to hold both at the same time

PRE: 4-5

Focus 1: Upper body ahead of your feet
Focus 2: Swing elbows and legs rearward

Planned: 40:00

Rest Day

Run - 8 mile LSD Run

8 mile LSD Run (or 10k race)
5 min. Alternating Form Intervals: On this run, you’ll combine Lower Body Focuses with Upper Body Focuses and alternate them during your workout. During each 35-minute
section, alternate between Upper Body Focus/Lower Body Focus every five minutes.

PRE: 4 throughout

Set 1 Focuses (35 min.): Let your hip swing back with your leg/ Shoulders fall forward

Set 2 Focuses (35 min.): Rotate entire lower body below Pivot Point/ Y’chi directs
energy forward through your eyes

Set 3 Focuses (35 min.): Lift at the Crown of your head and feel the light tension in your low abs
/Swing elbows to the rear

Mindful Maintenance: Hydrate every 10 minutes after the first hour; refuel and replace electrolytes as needed.
This is an important week to practice writing an End-of-Week Review.

Total run time = (Time Trial pace or avg. aerobic pace) x (8). Note: if you decide to do a 10K race instead, multiply your Time Trial pace by 6.2 for your overall time goal

Planned: 8.0 mi

Cross Training - 40 min Fun Run or Cross-Training

40 min. Fun Run or cross-training workout (or a 10k race, with 10 min. Alternating Form Intervals, using Saturday’s Focuses).

Planned: 40:00

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