Half Marathon Training: Week 1

The time has come…for half marathon training!

After five 5ks and one 10k I have finally made the decision to run the race I’d “never run”…the half marathon. My first half marathon will be the Women’s Half in November.

Why am I running a half marathon? Mostly, to prove it to myself that I can do it. I used to hate running. And that’s the reason I started running…because I thought if I got better at it I’d learn to like it. And it worked! I told myself I’d never be able to run a 5k. And I did. I told myself I’d never run a 10k. And I did. Doing these races has made me realize that the only thing holding me back from doing anything was myself. And that can speak volumes to life in general…you are your only competition!

Running a half marathon does kind of make me nervous. I worry about not being able to run that far. Since this will be my first half marathon I do not have a time goal. My only goal is to finish.

This week was my first week of training. I always compare training to rehearsing (I did theater shows regularly up until a few years ago). Both are tedious and sometime (ok a lot of times) I just plain don’t want to do them. However, both are essential if you want a great performance. So train I must.

I had looked at a few training schedules and ultimately went off of the FitSugar one I found that added a mile to the long run each week. From there I made my own schedule. I wanted to fit in 3 days of running, 3 days of CrossFit, 1 day of yoga and 2 rest days. Which meant doubling up on some days and me realizing I’ll have to get my butt out of bed for morning workouts if I want to continue doing CrossFit.

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My schedule right off the bat got thrown off course. The WOD for CrossFit on Labor Day looked like a fun one so I chose that over my run. Then I had to stay late at work on Tuesday so I didn’t get my 2 mile run in until Wednesday. My first run was actually on the treadmill, which I hate, but it was way too hot out to run 🙁

I ended up nixing my 2.5 mile run since I didn’t want to run two consecutive days. I also moved yoga to Sunday since my friend Lora was teaching a class that I wanted to go to. Unfortunately we had a mishap with our air conditioner on Sunday, which made me miss the class so no yoga! I did my 3 miler later that day instead. I didn’t do it Saturday since I was so sore from CrossFit. My body needed a break!

Since the humidity died down some on Sunday I ran outside. It was still really hot. I did a loop I used to do near our condo, but on my way back home realized I had to do it twice to make it 3 miles. Doh! So I turned around and did it again. Running felt good, but man I can’t wait for it to finally cool off!

The biggest challenge with training will definitely be trying to fit in everything. I love CrossFit so am still trying to fit WODs in, but I feel like I’ll have to prioritize my runs later on. I also want to make sure I give myself enough rest so my body can recover and stay in tip top shape!

Here’s to week two!

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  1. I am currently training for the Disney Wine & Dine 1/2 Marathon in November. This will be my 3rd 1/2 marathon. I’m currently planning on 3 runs/week, but I’ve realized I need to get 4 runs/wk and 1 cross training day or yoga day. I used the Nike Kinetic Xbox game last time around for the cross training sessions and it worked for me, so I’ll be starting it again this week. Good luck on your first 1/2! 🙂
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    1. Ahh so jealous that you’re doing the Disney Wine & Dine! That is right up my alley…will have to jump on that next year. Thank you! Good luck on your 3rd 🙂

  2. Great post Katie and I wish you much success on your upcoming race!! My girlfriend will be running that race too and she just started her training. I just started my training this week for the Jacksonville Marathon in December. I know it’s tough to fit everything in to a busy schedule but whatever you do don’t miss your long runs because they are the most important. Happy training!! 🙂

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    1. Wow, a marathon?? I bow down to you! Thanks for the tip…definitely won’t miss those long runs…no matter how much I’ll be dreading them towards the end 😉

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