Post # 1
Our wedding was June 6 and i had dropped about 15 lbs before the wedding 🙂 BUT by mid July I had already gained all the weight back. I was still exercising 5 times a week but was eating like a COW! That is when i realized that i really need to better my health. I am technically obese and i hate it. I eat pretty healthy (its the quantity that gets me, i.e. the LARGE bowl of frozen yogurt i eat everyday). and i exercise but i am jsut not where i want to be yet.
Over the past 3 years I have lost about 40 lbs and I have been wanting to do a half marathon but have been frightened. I am in pretty good shape for my size (I am a heavier gal. >200lbs 5’8). I have this fear of failing at something so i never singed up. Every year I would see the bill boards, the emails, TV ads, and radio ads and come so close but never go as far as registering.
BUT this year, I DID IT! I registered for the 5K, 10K and the half marathon! today I did my first 5K (3.1 miles)! I have been training for 2 weeks. When I first started training I could barely run for 5 minutes straight. Today, I ran the first 2 miles (no stopping) but then walked half of the last mile. It was amazing. I was so proud of myself. My goal was to run 1 mile and walk the rest and i acheived that goal and more 🙂 Dont get me wrong…it was hard. oh my, it was hard but felt good afterwards.
So, I have 1.5 months to train for the 10K and then two weeks after that is the half marathon. Currently, my goal is to run half of the 10k and just to finish the half marathon:)
I was curious if there are any other bees out there training for their first half marathon and how it is going.
Post # 3
Good luck with your training! I could never run a marathon!
Post # 4
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy:Yes you could! it is a HALF marathon not a full. I would have to do a couple years of half marathons before i think i would be prepared to do a full marathon. 🙂
Post # 5
Not sure if I could run a quarter marathon! Running = scary death lol!
Post # 7
Yayyy! Congrats on the 5k! Isn’t it the best feeling in the world when you finish? 🙂 I like to do races purely for the swag bags haha
but I am training for a half marathon this fall…. I’ve done a bunch of 5 & 10 k’s… and I think you will be super surprised that the 10k is not as challenging as 6.2 miles sounds! 🙂 goodluck and happy running!
Post # 8
Woohoo! I finished my first 5K and 10K this summer (one week apart!).
I have my first half marathon coming up in less than a month and I’m a little nervous. I have been way slacking off on my training schedule but this weekend I kickstarted it back up again. Plus I’m hoping since it is the Disneyland Half Marathon I will be so excited and having so much fun I will forget about the pain 😀
Good luck on your training!
Post # 9
I’m training for my first half, too! My Fiance is on board but we’re only doing part of our training together because our schedules are a bit tricky. The race is October 17 which gives me still quite a bit of time to prepare, but suddenly it seems like it’s sneaking up on me. I’m nervous but excited.
Hopefully my brother will be running in the race, too–I’d say “with me” but he is much, much faster and has already run 3 marathons. Still, moral support! 🙂
Post # 10
Congratualtions on finishing your first 5K. I absolutely love the feeling of finishing a race! I started running a few years ago and wasn’t able to run a quarter of a mile without stopping. Since I’ve done several 15K races, 4 half marathons, and 2 full marathons. The key for me being able to finish any race is to pace myself. Don’t come out too strong. And I highly recommend running a mile and walking a minute or two. In the half marathon especially you’ll need to pace yourself to make it the enire 13 miles. So I recommend even if you are feeling good, go ahead and stop and walk. You’ll be glad you did when you hit mile 10+. 🙂 Also, be sure to hydrate and I’m a big fan of eating supplements like GU or shot blocks. But if you do decide to eat them start during your practice runs as it may affect your stomach differently. Mostly, just relax and have fun and remember that regardless of what your finish time is… you are doing something that only a very small percentage of people accomplish! Good luck! You’ll do great!
Post # 11
Congratulations on your recent 5k race. If I read your post correctly, you have 2 months to your first half marathon? I would like to offer you some advice. Please be careful with your training. Don’t run too much too soon. Increase your weekly mileage by 10%. I’m assuming you’ve never done a half marathon before? You’ll need to be prepared for being on your feet (not necessarily running) for probably 2.5 to 3 hours. If your goal is to complete the race, I would suggest the 9 + 1 rule. You run for 9 minutes and walk for 1 minute for the whole race.
Post # 12
I trained for 3 months for my first half marathon that I ran last spring. I found that a detailed training schedule really helped. Running with others also helped. The best motivation came from reading lots of running blogs. It really kept me inspired. Good luck!
I agree with salad’s advice. You need to be careful. And imo you’re better off pacing yourself to finish the whole race (like the 9 + 1) than running the first 5k and having to walk to last 10 miles.
Post # 13
Congrats on finishing your first 5k! Isn’t is a wonderful feeling?!
I’m training for my first half marathon! I ran my first 5K not too long ago, and I have a 10k coming up, then the half marathon. I’m very excited! I’ve been using a detailed schedule like @jacqi suggested, and that works really well for me.
The important thing is to go slow in your training- you don’t want to injure yourself in training and then not be able to participate in your race.
Post # 14
I’ve ran 6-7 half marathons. My Maid/Matron of Honor, one Bridesmaid or Best Man, and a groomsman, is running in the half marathon the day before my wedding. I have made the executive decision to run 13.1 miles the day before my wedding! AHHH! I really want to support my Maid/Matron of Honor since it’s her first one ever. So I’m training right now as if I’ve never ran one before. I’ll take it nice and easy since i’d like to walk (not wobble) down the isle the next day! Fiance is supporting me too!
Keep up the great work ladies! Good Luck!
Post # 15
I’m also training right now! I’m doing a relay half (I run 8 miles while Boyfriend or Best Friend runs 5) in early Oct. I’m VERY excited!
I’ll warn not to train too hard as well. The most I’ve ever run is 4 miles (and this is run/walk with intervals) and just this week I must have hit some runners high and ran 5.5. Now it’s kind of tough to walk and I’m worried that I’m going to injure myself if I don’t take it easy. I think easy does it.
But good for you!!! Yay running brides!