So I’ve been contemplating running a half marathon a lot lately. Call it the fall air? I don’t know but I have the urge to sign up for this half marathon in December: So the question is, do I wanna run a half marathon? Well the answer to that is maybe? I want the answer to be yes so bad. It’s been almost a year since I did my first half marathon. Let me be completely honest with you – I haven’t run over 4 miles since. The weather got cold, and I kind of lost the running bug. But I still meet up with my friends and do an easy run every week, but we really don’t go that far. I’m a bit traumatized from the last one I ran last December. You see I had the best intentions of training properly and reading blogs to get tips on fueling long runs and proper nutrition. But about a week before I started my long runs (anything over 6 miles) I got assigned to a new project that required that I work late and pretty much overwhelmed me fitness wise. I was lucky to run once a a week for 3-4 miles and one long run each week between 8-11 miles for the month leading up to my race. Let’s not even talk about how I drove down to Charleston the night before at 9pm because I get stuck at work and didn’t get a chance to check out the race information until the day of the run. I ran the Kiawah Half Marathon, which is on a very exclusive island near Charleston, SC. You had to bus onto the island if you didn’t have a visitors pass. My best friend and I had no idea of these rules and almost missed the bus. Luckily, we booked it back to the bus area and I was able to get on the last bus. The race started 5 minutes after my bus arrived. I ran with no bib (got my bib after I finished), no timing chip, and barely a warm up. I didn’t have music downloaded on my phone because I had been using spotify. The internet connection was minimal at best and I ended up listening to my zumba mix over and over – not ideal since I’ve heard those songs probably 100 times. Oh the drama! LOL! But I made it 🙂
My Problem Areas
Here are some of the problems I faced that gave me difficulties during my last race. 1) I would be sore for 3-4 days (to the point where I couldn’t physically walk without a limp) after every long run. From delayed onset muscle soreness (and probably dehydration). 2) At mile 8 of my half last year I almost quit because my feet hurt so bad. I ended up finishing but I was seriously miserable. I didn’t have this issue while training. By mile 10 I had to break down and turn my phone GPS on to let me know how much further I had – I started playing the old game “you only have to run until _________”. Not the way I wanted to remember this race. 3) My arm/shoulder locked up during my race (around mile 4) and was sore for 2 weeks after my race. 4) I don’t know anything about how to properly fuel long runs or how to eat the rest of the week. Right now I do high intensity cardio, walk, and lift weights. I eat a ton of protein to fuel heavy lifting. 5) THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON FOR ME: I don’t want to have to relax my weight training routine.
Here is why I want to run this half marathon. 1) I loved running and ALWAYS felt like a bad ass anytime I ran over 10 miles. ALWAYS. 2) My training buddy from last year is down to run with me again – and he’s even going to run the half marathon with me!! 3) I really want to know what it feels like to run a half marathon being fueled properly and following a training program. 4) This half marathon is in exactly 12 weeks – close enough that I would have to start training immediately = no time to procrastinate training!! 5) It’s right before Christmas so I have lots of excuses to eat all the cookies. ALL THE COOKIES. 6) It will be fun and I hope to get lots of tips and tricks from you readers and the amazing resources in the blogging community. So I am going to consider all these things. While I contemplate this race, I would love your input on a training schedule. I have 12 weeks – lets call me a beginner because I haven’t run long distances in quite awhile. I saw this plan online after searching google for .12 seconds. Half Marathon Training Schedule
|Week 1||off||3 miles||3 miles||3 miles||off||3 miles||4 miles|
|Week 2||off||3 miles||4 miles||3 miles||off||3 miles||4 miles|
|Week 3||off||3 miles||4 miles||3 miles||off||3 miles||5 miles|
|Week 4||off||3 miles||5 miles||3 miles||off||4 miles||6 miles|
|Week 5||off||4 miles||5 miles||4 miles||off||3 miles||7 miles|
|Week 6||off||4 miles||4 miles||4 miles||off||4 miles||8 miles|
|Week 7||off||4 miles||6 miles||4 miles||off||4 miles||9 miles|
|Week 8||off||4 miles||6 miles||4 miles||off||4 miles||10 miles|
|Week 9||off||4 miles||6 miles||4 miles||off||3 miles||11 miles|
|Week 10||off||4 miles||5 miles||4 miles||off||4 miles||12 miles|
|Week 11||off||4 miles||5 miles||4 miles||off||3 miles||6 miles|
|Week 12||off||3 miles||5 miles||3 miles||off||2 miles||13.1 miles!|
It doesn’t have any speed/pace work and doesn’t recommend any cross training. So I’d love your input.
- What half marathon schedule did you use, did it work for you?
- What days do you recommend the long runs for – Saturday or Sunday?
- How do you fuel? All whole foods or Runners GU?
- Anything else to help me!