This is the "official" first week of my half-marathon training! I am using the Hal Higdon "Novice 2" training plan. I was going to use "Novice 1" but it didn't have very much running, and it only goes up to 10 miles for a long run. Since I am running by myself and won't have anyone to push me that last 3.1 miles, I figured I better train a little closer to the mileage of the race!
Wouldn't you know that once I signed up (and paid, lol) to run the 1/2 that it ends up being the coldest winter in Michigan! Seriously! I HATE being cold! But I have been learning that I am tougher than I thought. I went out this morning and ran 4 miles in 3-degree weather! Luckily I had my BuffWear scarf with the fleece attachment that I pulled up over my face. Very helpful for breathing, didn't hurt to take a breath, haha.
The race is Sunday April 13th. My husband and I went and drove the course where it will be. There are 2 hills at the beginning, but the rest seemed pretty flat... There may have been a smaller one at the end? You run over a bridge 2-3 times. I told my husband that I just hope I don't get lost
It seems like there are a lot of turns to take... But I know that there will be people there pointing out directions, lol.
I'm averaging a 9.5-10-minute mile right now. I'm guessing that I'll be around 11 minutes for the actual race, since I'll be running further and will need to pace myself! This past week my outer quads have been SORE. I tried Chi-Running after reading about it and watching the videos, and I think that it used muscles that I hadn't used before. The last few runs have been hard because my legs felt like lead! I started taking BCAAs, Glutamine (powder that I put in water before and after a workout), and CLA. I was already taking several supplements (Fish Oil, Magnesium, Glucosamine, Acidophilous, multi-vitamin...) but I have been reading about these other three and they are supposed to help keep (and even build) muscle and also keep your metabolism good. I did have a guy at work tell me yesterday that I looked like I have lost weight. I felt a little smaller, too, although the scale has only changed by a few pounds. Must be tightening up...
My husband and I are starting a running group at our church this Saturday. We had over 45 people sign up! Many have never run before, so they will be doing a "couch to 5K" plan. I am in charge of the intermediate runners, I think we will do 2-3 miles, and my husband is in charge of the advanced (they'll probably do 3-5, not sure). Everyone meets at a local school but then runs at their pace. It's a great way for them to meet new friends and find a running buddy! The goal at the end is for everyone to run a local 5K together (and we'll have t-shirts made). There is a lot of buzz and excitement about the group, so I'm looking forward to seeing the turnout!