(Closed) Half-marathon

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I love half marathons!  Do you have a training plan or schedule?  When is your race? 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@jpmurd09:  Yay, congrats on taking on this challenge!  I have 3 half marathons scheduled for this spring.  When/what race are you doing? 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

jpmurd, I ran the Flying Pig half last year. My recommendation is to start slow and use a plan that is at least 12 weeks long. Don’t worry if you miss a day of training and don’t forget that step-back weeks are there for a reason!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@jpmurd09:  you should sign up before you talk yourself out of it… πŸ˜‰  I always find it much easier to get motivated for something that I’ve already paid money to do.  make sure when you set up a training plan, you don’t JUST include running.. cross training is great to mix it up and prevent injuries.  in fact, before my first half marathon I barely ran at all but I did lots of circuit training, weights, spinning, core work etc. and managed to make it through with energy to spare. πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I hope you’re feeling well enough to get back into it soon!  Remember to go slow, and maybe knock off a little distance since you’ve been under the weather.

Try to do the long runs outside, if you can, since the race will be outside.  It would be difficult to train on a treadmill then have to run outside on a chilly spring morning on race day!

What are you doing for cross training?  I tried to lift 2 days a week and do a spin class or swim laps another day or 2 a week to keep my legs from getting burned out from running.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

Half Marathons are an excellent way to get into running shape. The distance is far enough to be a challenge but not so far to obliterate you.I’m running 3-4 this spring :D. One of which will be during an ultra running festival!

Now if you want to get in really great shape over all doing endruance events I reccomend triathlon. The swimming builds the upper body and lengthens your stance. The running builds your legs and abducts your core. The cycling cuts the fine edges of your legs, core, and upper body when the stance and cadence are correct. You will want to eat non stop however especially if you do a half iron distance or greater. I’m hoping to possibly do a half iron in June hence the possible 4 half marathons this spring.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@jpmurd09:  You’ll need to get off the treadmill as soon as possible. Treadmill and ground running are very different. The treadmill is easier on your joints and bones as it involves less impact, but its harder on the soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments because it lengthens your stride. You also need to ground run to learn how to pace yourself. You may find your pace is very different than what the treadmill tells you. 3 miles on the mill is actually 4 miles for me, I run 1/3 farther than the machine tells me due to gait.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Congrats!!! I ran my first half last year and a full marathon this October. To be honest, I think the half marathons are the best races πŸ™‚ The training isn’t too involved and you normally get some great crowds at the races to keep you going!  It will definitely put you into great shape. Have an amazing time with it, you will be so motivated! Good Luck!

Also important note, run outside every chance you get for your runs. Running outside vs. running on the treadmill is very different. By running outside, it will get you acclimated to running in every type of weather condition and train you to run on various types of terrains. If you are strictly running on a treadmill, you are going to feel a BIG difference in your muscles the day after you run outside for the first time (and probably the rest of the week!). Feel free to PM me if you have any questions or want some training tips!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s totally doable!  I was never a great runner but started working out on the treadmill a few years ago, then though “you know what? maybe I could do this.”  I agree that you should actually sign up for the race- it’s great motivation.  I did a lot of training for my first one on the treadmill, but going outside for the long runs would be a good idea. 

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

What a great goal! I ran my first half marathon this year (and then my 2nd and 3rd!) I’m planning my first full marathon for this May.

I agree with previous posters about doing at least a portion of your running outside. I hate the treadmill so I will run outside whenever I can, and only use the treadmill when I have to. There is a challenge on dailymile.com for bees who run. The current challenege goes until 12/31 then 1/1 a new one will start. It’s fun to log your miles and track your training.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Great goal!  I have a half marathon on my horizon as well….but not until February 2014.  My cousins, aunts, and I plan on running the Disney Princess half marathon at Disney World.  So fun!  (Unless we start TTC and I’m pregnant by then).

I have zero running experience so I plan on starting slowly this year.  We’ll see how it goes.  If I’m feeling good, I might run a half marathon closer to home sometime in 2013.

Good luck!

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