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Half marathon training: Things are looking good!

Friday, June 07, 2013

After listening to the advice from folk here on Sparkpeople, I set off for a long run with two goals: to keep myself at a 6min/km pace (about 3.5 miles, think) and to run for 70 minutes - my longest distance so far. I knew that would get me to about 12km (7.5 miles, I think).
So, off I went, and I loved every minute of it! I reached the 60 minute mark with no leg pain and got to 70 minutes feeling quite strong, which was wonderful - quite a difference to the last time I tried it!
Although I've only slowed down by about 30 seconds per kilometer it has absolutely made a difference to my endurance. I cant believe how much more I enjoyed the run because of it.
I did not take water with me, simply because I couldn't find any water bottles in the house. It was a cool day, though, with a bit of a drizzle for the entire run, so I didn't really need it. I will next time.
I have signed up for a 15km (Just over 9 miles) race at the end of July, which is a good stepping stone to prepare me for the half marathon in October. After today I'm feeling much more confident about it.

Here is my plan leading up to the 15km:

Week 1: 13km (+/- 75 minutes)
Week 2: 12 km (70 minutes)
Week 3: 14 km (+/- 80 minutes)
Week 4: 12 km (70 minutes)
Week 5: 15 km ( +/- 90 minutes)
Week 6: 15km race

Obviously, there will be shorter runs during the week as well. This is just what I'm thinking with regard to building up my longer runs.
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STEVIEBEE569 6/8/2013 9:59AM

    Much success to you!

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MOBYCARP 6/7/2013 8:20PM

    That's a solid plan. Stay injury free, and you're on your way!

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KRISZTA11 6/7/2013 3:27PM

    I'm glad you enjoyed the long run!
You chose a good pace and enjoyed it, and these are the key success factors.
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LRSILVER 6/7/2013 2:17PM

    Great plan!!

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ANATASHIKI 6/7/2013 1:44PM

    good luck with your training! emoticon

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PASTAFARIAN 6/7/2013 12:51PM

    Very smart to target an intermediate distance race. 10M races are also good (if you can find any).

One suggestion: Rather than citing km/hr, use min/km (or min/mile). I don't know any runners who think in terms of "per hour paces" so you're likely to get some confused looks.

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MANDELOVICH 6/7/2013 12:38PM

    Fantastic!

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MADEIT3 6/7/2013 12:02PM

    You go girl!! I envy you the courage to run!

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