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.