(Closed) first half marathon!

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Congrats!  I’m running my second one on Easter weekend.  Definitely get used to running outside because it’s different than the treadmill.  And keep in mind that the longest training run you need to do is 11 miles.

You can find training programs online or just kind of make your own schedule (that’s what I do haha)

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Good luck!  I’m running my second in May.  If you’re already used to working out most days, the training shouldn’t be too rough on you.  I ususally do two 4-6 mile runs during the week, usually on the treadmill (mixed in with weights and other cardio), and then a long run on the weekend.  With my first half I followed the Hal Higdon Novice Half training plan pretty strictly, now that I’m on my second, I feel comfortable figuring out my own schedule.

A note on the training plans: HotChild is right, most plans don’t actually require you to run more than 11ish miles prior to race day.  My race partner for my last half had only run 9 miles previous to the race.  But I started my training early enough that I ran the full 13 once before the race (in addition to 10-11 a few times), and mentally, that was the best preparation in the world for me.  To know that I had done it once before, so I had confidence I could do it again and could really enjoy the race.  (Or if I choked on race day, at least I had done it once before, and theoretically met my goal of running a half!)

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Congrats! My Fiance and I are running our first half marathon in April. I’ve been endurance training since Jan

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Congratulations on signing up for your first half! I am doing my second half next weekend, March 7th! I agree with the others…if you are working out regularly training shouldn’t be too rough. How far are you currently running on the treadmill? Definitely start running outside, that will probably be the biggest thing to get used to. Have fun training and enjoy the race! Long distance running….it’s a whole new world of stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Congrats! I just signed up for my first half in March. I’m training for a marathon in May.

I started a blog if you want to check it out. There are tons of running blogs out there that I get lots of inspiration and motivation from, so you should definitely check them out. They are my new obsession ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Congrats! I’m running my first half in June too! I just signed up yesterday. I’ve run 5Ks and a 10k, so this is a step up. I’m totally out of running shape right now and running is hard for me! I have to get back to a running endurance pretty quick! Running outside is more fun when you have to go longer than couple miles, I think. More things to look at. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you can do 5 miles on the ‘mill you shouldn’t have any major issues training for the half, other than getting used to the outside. That’s awesome that you are doing the race through Team Challange! You’re raising money for something good and you have access to good trainers and the weekend group run. I’ve never trained with friends/a group because of scheduling logistics, but I always thought it would be nice sometimes to have people to run with. Makes the miles go by faster. ๐Ÿ™‚

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