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Half Marathon???

Thursday, April 07, 2011

So, I am on my 5th week of the 5K Your Way Walk/Jog program. It has been tough, but honestly, I was afraid I wouldn't make it, so I've gotta say, I'm pretty damn proud! Throughout, I have lost 5 pounds and 2 inches (and have obviously gained a bit of muscle, so I'm sure I actually lost a few more pounds than my scale tells me).

I am participating in the Warrior Dash next weekend (so I will keep up the training next week too for an additional week), and am afraid that if I don't have another race type of thing to work towards, that I will not keep up with the running. I would really like to keep it up, and get to a point where I LOVE to run, and can keep running for 30 minutes straight (or more). At this point, getting through the 3 minutes of running (jogging) on each stage is tough enough, so building my strength and endurance is my goal. Obviously, I know that I need to set more tangible goals, so I am thinking about doing the Dallas White Rock Half Marathon in December. What do you think?

My plan is to do the 5K Your Way Running program, after I do the Warrior Dash. I will probably just do the same last week of the Walk/Jog program that I am finishing up this week, for a couple more weeks, and then start the new Running program. Then, I can keep up with just jogging for 20-45 minutes, 3-4 days/week for a month or so, before beginning my training for the half marathon. This scares the caca outta me!! For real!! The thought of even being able to jog for 30-45 minutes straight freaks me out enough, but supposedly I'll be able to do that at the end of this next Running program, and considering I didn't even think I'd be able to jog for 3 minutes straight, and now I can do that, I am gonna go for it!!

A friend recommended the book "The Non-Runner's Marathon Training." Has anyone read that book? It talks about training for a marathon from the very beginning stages, and gets into the mental aspect of it all, as well as the physical. This sounds great to me, because even doing the super short jogs that I have throughout this first program, I have dealt with some serious mental stuff! I cannot imagine how intense it must get when training to jog for 30 minutes and longer. Yikes!

In that book, the training program to run a marathon lasts about 4 months, after already being able to run for 30 minutes straight. Can I do it??? We will find out! I think I will seriously GO FOR IT! Do I have your support? Cuz I'm gonna need all the support I can get!

I would love any input on this from those of you who have gone from barely being able to jog for even 1 minute, to doing a half marathon, or even a marathon. As a beginner, any pointers or tips would be most helpful!

Thank Y'all & wish me luck!!

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KKINNEA 4/7/2011 2:45PM

    It's a big goal and you'll want to be careful about how you address it.

I run at least one race a month and i'll be building to my first marathon in October.

I didn't run a half until I had been running for about a year. I also did the interval method - I ran 5 minutes and walked 1 minute throughout the race.

Good luck to you!

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ELISEL 4/7/2011 2:33PM

    I went from never running a step in my life to running half marathons. I started with C25K and ran several 5Ks that year. Then the next years I moved up to 10Ks and then the half. So I was running about a year and half before my first half. Of course everyone is different but I would try a 10K first and see how that goes. If that feels good then go for it, but take it slow and don't push yourself into injury.

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BLK2010 4/7/2011 1:17PM

    I ran my first HM last year, one in Sept 2010 and one in Jan 2011. During that time I only ran one 2- 5K's before my first half and I have only done 3 official 5K's. I started my HM training in April 2010. I ran on avg. 3 x per week. Long run on the weekends. I mixed in spin class, biking and little ST. I ran both my HM using the Jeff Galloway Method, 3 min run 1 min walk intervals. I could of never done it any other way. I am not a huge "fan" of running but I love being able to say, I ran 5 miles today. I read his book, Half Marathon Training. Give it a look, goggle his website. There is even a Galloway Spark page. It was the best fir for me! Good Luck!U can do it! emoticon

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 4/7/2011 12:56PM

    If you train wisely, you can do it. I, however, would recommend training to walk/run the half. Check out Galloway's training plans. I have finished two halfs and one full marathon using this. Best of luck!

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LAURIE5658 4/7/2011 12:21PM

    I am a very careful and conservative runner so I would advise you to wait until you get more running base under your belt before running a half. The reason being is to let your body adapt to running first and foremost before challenging it to long distances. If you push the envelope, you may be setting yourself up with injuries. trust me, that is not fun. Just think about it long and hard before you commit. Best wishes!

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CRYSBROWN1 4/7/2011 12:10PM

    How exciting for you! You can definitely do it if you put in the time & effort you can do it! I did the c25K program as well & by the end I was able to run for 30 minutes non-stop! I defintely agree that having races lined up helps with motivation, I still in fact try to do one per month to keep me motivated to run. I did gradually increase my running/races distances which I would recommend. First it was the 5K, then the 4M, 5M, 10K then the half. Good luck & stick with it!

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RUNTRILAUGH 4/7/2011 11:42AM

    Girl! I sooo hear you! I went from nothing, to now having completed 12 half marathons since joining spark. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

Take walk breaks when you need to, and you'll be great!

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SLEEPYDEAN 4/7/2011 11:38AM

    Sounds like you're making great progess. I did my first half marathon last year and had a blast training, etc. I used the book The Marathon Method by Tom Holland and of course all of the great resources here on Spark.

I had run probably 2 dozen 5Ks in the past few years but was never really serious/did any training in between. Then last year I ran more 5ks, 2 10ks and my half. As far as timing is concerned, it sounds perfect. But you might want to try another distance race first - ie 10K.

Happy training! I'm sure the Warrior Dash will be awesome.

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Running... whew!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

ok, so i have recently started trying out running. i am currently training to participate in the dallas warrior dash next month... and it is seriously kicking my ass! i've never been a runner, so my lungs are super weak. i swear, when i run, it feels like someone is ripping through them with long sharp claws! is this normal? will this stop after a while? will i ever get to a point where i can just run... and run... and run... and enjoy it? i mean, once i'm done, i really do feel a sense of satisfaction, because I DID IT! but really, it is so tough, i sometimes worry that i'm not going to make it. has everyone who was never a runner before started out like this? i really want to be a runner! i want to be able to just run, to clear my mind, to breathe in the fresh air, to sweat, and to melt away the fat... but will i make it to that point? will i actually be able to keep this up once the warrior dash is over? i say... YES! i will keep you posted on this.
wish me luck!!

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EDGEOFSANITY 3/28/2011 11:34AM

    Running will get easier as your body adapts =) Following a beginners program is a great way to make sure you don't over do it and get burned out or injured.

The best way to prevent shin splints is to make sure you have the proper shoes (that don't have too many miles on them) and to do exercises to strengthen those muscles. You only want to tape as a way to stabilize those muscles IF they are already injured.

Some good exercises/ stretches are to "write" the alphabet with your foot and to scrunch up a towel with your toes.

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GODDESS_SAM 3/23/2011 10:04AM

    Thank you everyone, for your AMAZING support and encouragement!! I feel so fortunate to have a support system like this to keep me on track.

Just so you know, I AM doing a program of some sort, to make sure I don't slack off, and also (more importantly) that I don't do too much too soon. I cannot remember what it is called (I'm at the office, and it is at home on my fridge), but it is definitely like the couch to 5k; incorporating timed walking, and jogging. This week (week 3), I am doing 3 minutes of walking and 2 minutes of jogging, 6 times.

I am SO relieved to hear that it is normal to be struggling like this, and that it DOES get easier... and I WILL get used to it, and my lungs will get stronger.

Again, I cannot thank you all enough for your comments! Keep 'em coming!!

Warrior Dash is in 25 days!! I'll have 13-14 days of training for it between now and then. I CAN DO IT!!

P.S. Someone told me something about using sports tape around your lower leg to avoid shin splints. Can anyone tell me more about this? Where exactly would I put it? Thanks!

Comment edited on: 3/23/2011 10:05:59 AM

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RUNNING4MYLYF 3/23/2011 9:31AM

    You're doing great. I started off with the Couch to 5K program. It's awesome. I am just starting to incorporate sprints into my running program, because I am a pretty slow runner (About 12 minute miles). :) I'm doing the Warrior Dash in Georgia in May. I can't wait to hear about your experience. Keep on running. Your cardio will adapt quicker than your legs, if you can believe it. Just try to relax your breathing. Easier said than done, I know.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 3/23/2011 9:11AM

    Yes, it does get easier! I am also doing the warrior dash. HOW EXCITING!!! Keep up the hard work, it pays off!!!

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DAV128 3/22/2011 5:38PM

    Hang in there. Just take things a step at a time, remember in physical fitness, as well as life - It's not the speed, it's the direction. You didn't say how you were getting ready for that run. A Great Program is the C25K (Couch to 5K) program. There are articles on line and on the SP site. Check them out. I think you'll do well on it and running will get easier and eventually the endorphins will kick in and you'll love it - I DO.

Good Luck - emoticon

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GINGERTATE0706 3/22/2011 5:31PM

    My husband jogged for over 20 years & loved every minute of it. Then he had knee surgery & the doctor said no more. I've never been a fan of running...guess that's why I have a weight problem. :) I do exercise daily now (since January 19th) and I do feel that satisfaction when I am done.

I will be anxious to see how your do & if you can breathe...lol

Have a great week! Keep going!

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    It will get better and it will be a wonderful thing! When I first started to try out running, I would walk to warm up, then take off for a short jog. I would go until my lungs hurt and then walk again. The more I practiced, the longer I was able to run before needing to walk. I got to the point were I was just running and I loved it! Good luck! emoticon

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