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Beginning to train for my half marathon

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I decided and signed up for a half marathon last week. It will be an indoor marathon since it will be in Milwaukee in Jan. Once I signed up for the race I figured I should actually follow a training schedule. (I had not even heard of the C25K until after I had run my 1st 5k and was running about 5 miles at a time.) I currently run 3 times a week with 2 days being shorter runs at 5-6 miles and one day being a longer run at 7-10 miles (although I have only hit 10 miles once). I only have 15 weeks to train but since I am already doing good distance that should be enough time. Normally I run at a 10 min mile pace for longer and shorter runs. I printed off a customized running schedule (that I am tweaking) from runners world and decided that I would go with an intense training. So it has me running 4 times a week to start and then 5 days a week toward the end which is fine.

The starting mileage is a little less than what I am currently doing but since I am adding a day I think I will stick to their plan. However they have me running slower than normal at an 11-12 min mile except for once a week when I do speedwork and will do intervals at 9.5 min per mile. I'm not sure why that is. Perhaps it is because I have not pushed myself during my races and maybe they expect that when I was entering in my beginning times. They have me running at these 11 min miles all the way to the end and then race day to run a 10 min mile. So I am adjusting that also because I run comfortably at a 10 min mile pace that is what I am going to stick to.

Why am I doing this??? Since I ran my 1st 5k earlier this year I have been loving to run in races. Also since I usually run 7-10 miles once a week I thought a half would be a good challenge for me.

I also have done intervals in the past but they were always shorter intervals. It did increase my running speed from a 12 min mile down to a 10 min mile. This training has much longer intervals than what I was running. I may switch some of the intervals to be shorter ones. I think the shorter ones are more intense but I am training for distance so I may not switch them out.

So far I have done 2 days of training. The first day was an easy run of 4 miles. I was supposed to do 12 min miles but I stuck to my 10 min miles. After the run I decided to do some lower body strength training and hit the machines. I do plan on doing one day of lower body and one day of upper body strength each week.

Last night was a tempo run. I am not exactly sure what this means but I was supposed to do a one mile warm up (jog) and a one mile cooldown (jog) with 3 miles at 10.5 min per mile. Well, my warm up was at about 10.5 min mile. Then I did the 3 miles at 9.5 min per mile and the cool down was at about 10.75 min mile. What really surprised me was that I ran 3 miles at 9.5 min per mile. I have never done that amount of distance that fast before. It felt great. I kept thinking to myself the whole time that I want to really push it. After the run my legs were just a little sore but after a good stretch and using the foam roller they feel fine.

Today is my day off or cross training day. I have boot camp tonight so that will have a little bit of running but will mostly be free weights and body weight exercises with some other cardio.

I plan on doing my shorter weekday runs at the gym. I plan on doing my longer runs on Sat outside when the weather is not too bad. I really don't like the cold WI weather that much but running keeps you pretty warm. I do need to get some clothes for running outdoors.
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    Awesome, great stuff.

    I have not graduated tto running, simply walking on the treadmill so far. But your story gives me inspiration!!!

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    4121 days ago
    Very exciting. Let us know how the training is going. Keep pushing on!!
    4140 days ago
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    Wow. I can't wait to be running where you are now. Well, not the WI part. Brrr. It's supposed to be 90 degrees here on Saturday:-)

    I'm still early in the C25K program after having to stop a bit for a sprained ankle. I don't think I'm running a mile straight yet but I look forward to being able to run at your level.
    4161 days ago
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