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How do you train for a half marathon????

Friday, December 17, 2010

So last week I was so excited to sign up for a half marathon here locally. It is 5 weeks from tomorrow! I signed up with the intention of just having fun with it. I wanted to walk part of it and jog part of it. I wanted to get myself familiar with the trail because they offer it again in August and I have a goal to be able to run the entire thing by then.

But now I am reading everything I can on how to prepare for a half marathon and I am completely overwhelming myself. I am reading stuff about gels and energy jelly beans and protein drinks and stuff to eat to boost your energy during the race... I have never tried anything like that and I don't know how my body would respond.

I am driving myself crazy thinking about how I should break up my walking/jogging intervals. Should I just take it slow and try to jog the whole 13 miles? Walk 2/jog 2??? Play it completely by ear? I just don't know what would be best????

I have actually been so worked up about it I have not been eating well! Which--- when I don't eat well, my runs are poor. I don't feel good after them. Yesterday I finally had a good day of eating. No binging and relatively healthy stuff (compared to the early part of the week--- there is still room for improvement). I guess the stress of Christmas and all of the stuff going on with work and all of the kids' activities this time of year is getting to me. And I am using food to comfort myself- which works for about 2 seconds then it makes everything worse.

I just need to relax and stop worrying and stressing over things. I want my half marathon to be a fun experience. WHO CARES if I finish last. My goal is that I finish! And have fun! I have to admit I have mentioned to a few people that I am "training for a half marathon" and that feels so good to say!!!!! I try not to brag... just mention it in conversation with others who ask me about my exercise/weightloss stuff.

Today is going to be good day #2! It started off right.... I ran 4 miles at the gym this morning. I can't wait for Christmas when I get my Garmin forerunner. I will have a couple of hours tomorrow at the mall in Dallas where they have Dick's sporting goods store and I am going to look for some COOL running gear.

Hope you all have a great weekend!!!!
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    You are so inspiring!!!!!!!!!!!
    2675 days ago
    I have been thinking of you!
    2678 days ago
  • EDWINA172
    I used the Jeff Galloway method for my half marathon. We did 2 minutes run/1 minute walk intervals. You need to figure out what to eat/drink for your long runs. I tried several things. Whatever you do DO NOT mix sport beans and drink Gatorade. The combo wreaks havock on your gastrointestinal system. You will be searching for a porta-potty way too much. I learned the hard way.
    2680 days ago
    What a fantastic goal you've set for yourself. I am sure you find what works best for you. I would find a plan, be as prepared as you can be, then just do your best. Best wishes on your 1/2, you're gonna do emoticon
    2680 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Experiment -- there are lots of plans out there, just try some out, and stick with what works for you. Try some of the gels, beans, etc. Again, find out what works for you. Remember, 13 miles IS a whole lotta miles!
    2680 days ago
  • ATK2008
    I agree on the Jeff Gallway recommendation...his method is great if you are looking to do a combination of walking and running. There are so many articles out there about training--and so many people who are so intense about training. More power to them, but honestly, you are approaching the race just fine! If the race is well run, there will be plenty of energy drinks and water on the course for you. The one thing that I would not recommend is trying a bunch of new products at the race that you haven't had--you never know how your body is going to react!

    Congrats on signing up--and have a blast!!
    2680 days ago
    Just be safe and take it slow. I started do 1/2 marathons this year. I mostly walk/jog. I am slow in comparison to others but it is me that I am racing. I rather be healthy and Dinah than hurt and sidelined for weeks. I like Jeff Galloway's stuff for walk/run method. Check him out. Best of luck!!! Let me know how it works out!

    2680 days ago
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