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Started my half-marathon training

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I started off with running a 5 K on the treadmill. I increased my speed starting off at 4 mph, and moved up to 4.5 mph within 2 minutes where I stayed for the first third, then increased to 4.6 mph until about 2 miles, then increased to 4.8 mph, 5 mph and at the end 5.5 mph.
time was 40:36 min., pulse at the end was about 160.
Incline was set to 1. average pace about 4.58 mph
Running on the treadmill is harder for me than outside. I think it's the boredom and having nothing interesting to look at.
I just looked at my blogs from one year ago. I had not given up wheat nor gone low-carb and in retrospect it is so easy for me to see why my running did not improve.
Then I did change to low-carb and wheat-free shortly before my half-marathon but my body had not really fully transitioned to using fat as fuel.
I am really looking forward to seeing how much I can improve my running on a low-carb diet.
I'll have to go and buy a new heart-rate monitor to continue training according to the Maffetone method (heartrate cap of 180-age with some variation).
I'm pretty sure that my running is better than it was about a year ago, even though I did not do much running this spring and summer.
Tomorrow I'm planning on strength training and a little sprinting.
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JOSSY23 12/19/2012 3:46AM

    Congratulations on starting your half marathon training. I have a half marathon in June/July which I am about to start training for and to be honest, having a month off, I know training is going to suck! Hopefully we can support each other in our pursuits.

Joss

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MICHELLE8182 12/16/2012 7:41PM

    I think it's great that you keep progressing! I have to completely agree with the treadmill - I can only do interval workouts on it, otherwise it's just too boring. I also am a huge fan of couch to 5 K - we just finished putting on a C25K program for the community, and though we lost most of the 15 or so max participants we got, 2 people who had never run before got up to 5K and are still running a few weeks after the program! It definitely works:)

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GOPINTOS 12/13/2012 5:39PM

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Thanks for sharing!

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/12/2012 8:49PM

    Congrats and good luck! I'm a big fan of Jeff Galloway. He has a book called running that gives good plans for 5Ks to HMs.

His method helped me get through 5 marathons with better times and less pain!

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THE70SNUT 12/12/2012 8:22PM

    First time I've read your blog, and I'm impressed! Will have to look back at older entries. I would love to be a runner but just getting started walking right now. Progression in the appropriate amount! Great job!!!

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Tina

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