Thursday, August 23, 2012

Half Marathon Training

It's been about a month and a half since I told you about the half marathon I'm running at the end of September.

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The training has been going really well with the exception of this week.  I've been feeling a little under the weather so running has taken a back seat to rest.  But I'm starting to feel better and am almost ready to lace up my running shoes again.

I'm on week 7 of my 12 week training schedule and this week's long run is 9 miles.  Last week I successfully complete 8 miles in 1 hour and 17 min, which is way better than I thought I'd do!  It's hard to believe that when I started this training, even 1 mile was hard.  I've yet to feel the runner's high that some people talk about, but it's true that once you get over a certain mileage (5 or 6 for me), the remaining miles don't seem all that hard to finish.  I'll let you know if I'm singing the same tune once I reach the full 13!

Sticking to a training schedule has definitely helped me improve, but so has regular check-ins with my sister about how her training is going.  When I don't feel like running all I need is a text from her saying she just did 8.4 miles and "feels amazing!".  Well, I guess I better put the cookies away and turn off Real Housewives. Doh.

If you've been thinking about signing up for a race, I encourage you to just do it!  It will give you the motivation you need to stick to a training schedule and it feels so amazing to reach goals you didn't think possible.

7 comments:

  1. Good for you! I need to start running again. Maybe I'll find a half-marathon to train for too!

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  2. Running a race of some sort has always been something that I've thought of doing and just never have. Seeing that someone normal like me is doing it, and doing well at it!, makes me think that I should just suck it up and go for it! I'm definitely not a runner by nature, so I've always just chickened out. Good luck with the rest of your training and the marathon next month! :)

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    1. Haha yes I am completely "normal." The most I ran as a kid was the timed mile in gym class. :) You can totally do it!! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  3. Good for you! I would love to try to train for a half marathon. I think the most I've ever run was about 6 miles. Next spring my husband and I are going to do a 10 mile mud run/obstacle course...should be interesting!!

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    1. 6 miles was my longest run too until a couple of weeks ago. I did a 10k a couple of years ago and felt amazing after. The mud run next Spring sounds awesome. I know some people who have done similar things and they loved it!

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  4. I've nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! Here's the link to my page:

    http://mysouthernaccents.blogspot.com/2012/08/ive-been-nominated.html

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