I have mentioned before my obsession with running a half marathon. I have recruited a few buddies to run one in October or possibly the Rock N Roll Philly Half in Sept. with me but they haven't started a training plan yet. Both are regular runners like myself.
Here's the deal. I haven't been following any formalized training schedule so far. I run 5-6 miles each day during the week and a long run of 8.5 miles at the furthest on Saturday. Thinking about running longer than 9 miles right now, for training purposes, stresses me out. My husband isn't super supportive, and though he doesn't complain, he always appears mildly irritated on Saturday mornings when he has to walk the two boys downstairs... and wait for ME to return to cook b-fast. When I get done running my two young boys are immediately asking to eat and the baby is crying for me to hold him. DH is usually obliviously sitting on the couch watching Sports Center or on his phone playing while I end up super dehydrated from not having two seconds to take a drink of water. So because of this, it stresses me out to think about running for much longer than 9 miles. I've mentioned this to him in passing and he says he doesn't care if I run, but thinks it's unnecessary to get up so early to do it, or that I really don't have any reason to be running for so long b/c I don't need to lose any weight. He obviously doesn't have the running bug. ;) So I guess my question is, what is the minimum amount of training I can do for a half? I am not trying to break any records, just run the whole thing. A coworker told me yesterday that she has run one before without ever having run more than 6 miles.
If hunger isn't the problem, food is not the answer.