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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
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


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MADEIT3 6/7/2013 12:02PM

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


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