Post # 1
Oh my gosh. I can’t believe I just signed up to do a 1/2 marathon. I can barely walk two miles!! LOL!
In my never ending misadventures, I thought to myself, “Myself, you’re taking the summer off from work and school… you’re just going to sit around and get even more over weight! What are you going to do about it?”
Enter my friend who sits next to me at work. She was actually up in Austin TX today doing a triathalon! She goes through the group Team in Training which benefits the Leukemia Lymphoma Society; she told me to go check out an info meeting, so this morning I did.
Next thing I know I’m suckered into a 1/2 marathon. LOL!
So, I’ve got til Nov to get to practices, get in shape and actually running, and raise a ton of money for this charity. Oh boy. Rock ‘N Roll Marathon here I come!
Any tips anyone? Anyone else doing a marathon/triathalon anytime soon?
Post # 3
Just stay strong and pace yourself! When I first got into running it was so hard for me, but I kept at it and now I love running – you’ll start to experience the runner’s high and everything! I would look up training schedules (I just found some online so I knew how much to run each day and for how long). Maybe you could sign yourself up for a 5k or something so you can experience a race before the actual 1/2 marathon too. It is such a fun experience, especially when you’re around everyone else! Also, it may be a good idea to look up the course of the marathon and do a run through of it before the big day. I wish I would have done that, because I didn’t train all that much on hills and of course the half marathon I did last fall had soooo many hills (looked it up and apparently it is one of the hardest 1/2 marathon courses in the country – had NO idea beforehand)!
Post # 4
Oh, and you’ll get a SWEET medal at the end I bet! Haha it is just a medal, but for whatever reason it is a huge motivating factor for me.
I think the other thing I was surprised by was how little water I actually consumed during the marathon. Beforehand I always was thinking “I’m going to be dying of thirst!” but there were times that I actually just passed by the volunteers on the sidelines handing out the water/gatorades.
Post # 5
Medals! Nifty!!! Make me look all athletic and whatnot.
The reason I went with Team in Training instead of just signing up for the marathon is because they have coahces and a pretty thorough practice schedule. They said we’d end up going through most of the course before race day even got here, so hooray!
Oh man… I’m kind of nervous…
Post # 6
are you doing the race in san antonio?? one of my best friends is trying to convince me to start training with her for that… 🙂 i have not given her an answer yet.
Post # 7
Yup, the one here in San Antonio! You should totally do it!
Post # 8
I did the half-marathon in Phoenix, it was really fun!
Be sure to train properly and you’ll have the experience fo a lifetime on race day!
Post # 9
Here’s my advice (1) pace yourself. Don’t try to run to far or to fast. Truthfully if you can run 6-8 miles on a normal day, you can run a half-marathon with all the excitement and people around you to cheer you on. Don’t worry about getting in the crazy long runs as long as you get in longer runs consstently and take your time building up your mileage. This also means taking recovery days (2) find a partner – and find someone who runs at a similar pace. If you can break up the time chatting or even have a friend to support you through the tough spots and it be much more fun! This only works if you have similar pace times though. (3) Make a pre-race eating plan – play around with what will not bother your stomach on race day and make sure you eat before! (For me, it’s half a bagel with peanut butter, a banana and a small coffee). (4) invest in good sneakers… if you haven’t already, go to one of those running stores that fit shoes to your gate. (5) Remember why you’re running… for health, fun, fitness and don’t worry about how fast (or slow) others are running. Jut have fun and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment (and remember to smile for that camera as you cross the finish line!). Good luck!
Post # 10
I’m doing a 1/2 marathon Labor Day Weekend!! At this point I can run about 2.5 miles in 25 minutes :/ I’m doing C25K and finish it up in the middle of June. Immediately after that I am jumping into a 12 week 1/2 marathon training program that requires you to be able to run 3 miles straight before you start. Hopefully the C25K works and I’m able to do 3 miles with ease!
The program I will be using will only get me up to 10 miles. Like a PP mentioned, with the excitement on race day, adrenaline should be able to get you the rest of the way 😀
Good luck on your marathon, you have plenty of time to train for it!
ETA: I signed up for a 5K and 10K in July (2 weeks apart) to give me an idea of what running an event feels like. Also for my 1/2 marathon we need a proof of time from a 10K or higher in order to not start in the back of the pack (13,500 people!!).
Post # 11
I am running a half marathon next weekend! Go girl!
I highly reccomend running for a charity- I did that for my first half marathon and it was so inspirational. No matter how tough the training got, I kept remembering the reason I was running, and it helped to push me to the finish. You will have so much fun, and make so many friends!
Oh, also, I actually started a personal blog about my training and it helped me to fundraise a lot. My friends and family loved hearing about all my efforts!
Post # 12
Good for you! I did my first 1/2 marathon after signing up on a whim just 2 weeks before it started. The farthest I had run before the race was 6 miles. I stuck with the 10 minute/mile people and had a great time – even felt okay afterward. My best advice is to set reasonable goals (for me it was just to finish, and I allowed myself to stop for any/all water stops) and think about why you are doing this for you.
I am now coming up on the anniversary of that race in 2 weeks and am excited all over again.
Stick with it and be sure to let us know how it goes – you’ll be great! And remember, the 1/2 marathon is just crazy. It’s the full marathon that is truly insane! 😉
Post # 13
How did it go? I’m so curious!