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Running...Day 1 & 2

Thursday, December 06, 2012

I have exactly 170 days until my half-marathon. I have absolutely no training plan whatsoever (as of yet). Something I seriously need to work onÖ.As of right now, I have a tentative plan. By the end of December, I want to be able to run 2 miles straight. (Ok, 3 miles would be lovely, but letís be realistic, I just started running Sunday.)

RunningÖ.Day 1

Run 4.4 mph 1 mile
Walk 3.3 mph ľ mile
Run 4.4 mph Ĺ mile
Walk 3.3 mph Ĺ mile
Run 4.4 mph 1/8 mile
Walk 3.3 mph ľ mile
Run 4.4 mph 1/8 mile
Walk 3.3 mph Until 60 minutes

**The first mile was actually decent. I got pretty tired during it, but I survived it. I didnít follow a program for this. I decided I wanted to run a mile, so I did. Then I did what my body could handle and walked during breaks. My body ached horribly for a few days after, but each movement reminded me, (a) I was crazy, (b) Iím still alive, and (c) I did something good.

RunningÖ.Day 2Ö4 miles

Run 4.4 mph 1 mile
Walk 3.3 mph ľ mile
Run 4.4 mph Ĺ mile
Walk 3.3 mph ľ mile
Run 4.4 mph ľ mile
Walk 3.3 mph ľ mile
Run 4.4 mph ľ mile
Walk 3.3 mph Until 65 minutes

***Todayís run I kept basically the same. I up my one-eighth miles to one-fourth just to make calculating everything easier. The beginning mile was easy to run on my legs, but I was seriously panting up a storm. I had shortness of breath, and it felt like when you have a cold and itís just hard to breathe in. When I started the mile, I thought I could increase my speed a little, but I am sure glad I didnít. During my other running segments, I got that weird side pain thing, but I toughed it out and it went away when walking and with water. I also noticed a weird pain on the ball of my foot. I noticed that it wasnít there when I didnít think about it. So Iím hoping Iím not making up pains all the sudden.


So for this month, I need to get up to run 2-3 miles. Iím going to try to run for distance, not speed. I will work on the speed factor as I get closer to the half marathon. I also need to plan out my half-marathon training.

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  • v STARGIRL20
    Good job! With breathing, make sure you take nice deep breaths. From what I've read, beginners usually have one of two problems: their legs tire out or their lungs do. For me, it was my lungs. I would need to stop to catch my breath. I focus on breathing properly when I run, usually breathing in for several steps and then breathing out and making sure my stomach is moving when I breathe, not my shoulders. I'm amazing how much easier breathing has become in the past month. Yesterday, I ran 2.25 miles, and I did not feel out of breath at all. I think I read that sometime the lack of oxygen can cause that side pain, which I had a few times, and then it went away as I've progressed.

    Do you have good running shoes that were made for running and fit your feet well? If not, that is something you NEED to add to your Christmas list.

    Make sure to take things slowly. Don't push yourself too hard too fast. That's what causes injures. You have several more weeks than me to train, so don't be worried that you're behind me. Make sure you form that solid base for marathon training well.

    Wow, this ended up being a long comment. I just wanted to share some of my thoughts and research. Keep going! You WILL do this!
    1360 days ago
  • v PATSYB7
    You'll get there! Don't push too far too fast to avoid injuries. Have a great day!
    1362 days ago
    Great work! You'll be ready for that run before you know it!! :D
    1363 days ago
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