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Friday, August 16, 2013

Update on Half Marathon Training


Well I have survived almost 2 weeks of half marathon training.  I decided to sign up for a half marathon in October because I was really enjoying running and exceeded my expectations when I ran my first 5k so I thought why not keep going! Somedays I feel a little crazy for doing this since I haven't been running that long, but I think mentally I can do it.  Since I have been training, its been really gratifying and really hard too.  Before, I would run however long I wanted whether that be 2 miles or 6 miles.  Now I have to be more on top of it and my runs are longer.  I have been running 5-6 miles on my training nights which used to be unheard of for me so when I complete it, that alone makes me feel so good.  I try and change up my routes so I don't get bored.  When I do find another great place to run near me, it always makes me so excited to find new scenery.  

I've thought about training with other people, but I decided I am not a social runner if that makes any sense.  I like to run alone and not feel like I need to go slower or faster for anyone else.  Running takes a lot out of me mentally already, so when I am alone it takes out a little worry and lets me focus on myself.  

I am still a pretty slow runner, but I don't have any plans on speeding up anytime soon since this is my first half and I just plan on finishing.  I do like to set goals for myself when running to see how far I can go in a certain amount of time.  My body is improving every single day and I am getting much stronger too.  My first week of training, I lost 4 lbs.  I can tell that running really slims you down which is a great reason to get into running.  

I think the hardest part for me is long runs.  On Saturdays, I have to run anywhere between 7-12 miles. Those stress me out a little bit but I decided I am just going to walk more on those days to help me maintain my energy.  This last Saturday, I did 7 and it wasn't easy.  Tomorrow I am supposed to be doing 8 and am a little nervous for that.  It's definitely a juggling act though trying to find time with kids and a husband, but I usually go before anyone is up so I get back when they are all waking up and I don't interfere with our schedule.  


I use a pedometer on all of my runs to track my distance.  This was the other night and like I said, I am a slow runner so I just wanted to see how fast I could get 4 miles in.  Before it was like an hour and 2 minutes, but I wanted to get it in under an hour and definitely did.  I am hoping to reduce that time even more before race day.


7 comments:

  1. Very impressed and proud of you! Way to go!

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  2. Way to go girl. I'm not a runner at all, so admire any runner training for a race.

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  3. do you use gels on your long runs? I am training for a sprint triathlon and I have heard that the chocolate GU is the best (like slurping chocolate pudding). I want to do a half in December but not sure how that will work out. Thanks for the running tips

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  4. So so awesome! And you look amazing!!!!

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  5. Amazing! I can't say it enough, you are such an inspiration!!!

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  6. Diana: Congratulations on looking so GREAT!! How awesome that you are planning on running a 1/2 marathon. My daughter ran her first one in June. She trained long and hard and did such a great job--came in in an hour and 56 minutes. She also lost 40 pounds during her training, which was an important achievement for her, as well. I'm so excited for you, and so happy to see that you are committed to such a fine goal!

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