Half Marathon?

I’m not sure what it is, but lately I’ve had a lot more motivation to run. I’ve always kept up with running a few miles a week for exercise purposes, but for some reason lately I’ve had the drive to run longer, faster and harder. It’s weird. I don’t know if it’s the nicer weather, or the fact that I currently have a little extra time on my hands, but something has definitely sparked my interest in running, and I think I like it. So much so, that I am dabbling with the idea of running a half marathon in October. Yes you heard correctly, my first half marathon.

Now, I have never considered myself a “runner”. Sure I’ve done a few 5k’s here and there, as well as a 5 mile relay race, but that’s really it as far as races. I typically complete about 2-4 miles on the treadmill every few days, but running has always been more of a leisurely way for me to exercise. I never really go out there and say “today I will run 3 miles” or “tomorrow I will do a long run”.  I normally just go out there and run until I get too bored to continue running, or until I run out of good songs (whichever comes first). I’ve always been jealous of the people who can just lace up their sneakers, and naturally run for long periods of time like it’s nothing. I am definitely not a natural born runner. I have to work hard at running, it does not come easy to me.

So with that being said, you may be wondering why I would ever torture myself in trying to run 13.1 miles, if running is not my “thing”?  Well my friends, although running long distances may not be my thing, accomplishing goals definitely is. There is something very appealing to me about this goal. About conquering something that I never believed I could do. It is motivating to me to have a challenge. A goal. A purpose.  I want to be able to say that I can run a half marathon. I want to feel that sense of achievement, and I want to accomplish something that not everyone can do.

Running 13.1 miles does seem a little intimidating to me, but not impossible. I have over three months to train, and plan to follow some sort of training plan. I want to increase my long run milage by 1 mile each weekend (either Saturday or Sunday), and continue to run between 3-5 miles every other day during the week. I also hope to fit a day or two of cross-training in, perhaps tennis, spinning or some light weight lifting.

I am going to loosely follow the Hal Higdon Novice Half Marathon Training Plan, but I already know that I will probably not be able to follow it to a tee.   I don’t want to feel pressure to run certain mileages on certain days. The important thing to me is to try and increase my mileage per week, without feeling completely exhausted. I plan on thoroughly listening to my body throughout this whole process. If i need to take a few extra rest days because my body feels fatigued then so be it. If I need to stop and walk for a few minutes, I’m going to do it. Luckily, I have some wiggle room because I am technically starting the training plan at week 6, since I am currently able to run 6 miles.

My main goal is to simply finish the race. I am going to be disciplined and patient, but also realistic. I’ve never done this before, but I know that I have it in me. I know that with enough time, effort and training I will be able to tackle 13.1. I’m up for the challenge and quite frankly I’m psyched for the process and the out come! Bring it on! :)

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Have you ever ran a half marathon?

What tips do you have for a first time half marathon runner? 

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  1. Hi! I’m a relatively new reader, and I am training for a half marathon using that same training schedule. I’m currently on week 7, and I am LOVING it! My running experience was much like yours before I started the training. It will get hard at times, but keep going! It will get easier!

    Get some good shoes…. keep eating yogurt… drink lots of water… (soda makes me cramp up a TON when I run)… I’ve also found that morning runs are awesome!!

    Good luck! Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Go for it!! I recently started myself! I’m on week 7 of that same schedule! annie-simplify.blogspot.com

  3. You should definitely do it! I am also training for my first half :) Daunting but suuuper fun!

  4. Go for it! like yourself i’m also not a natural runner but i’ve signed up for a 10miler in October. I’m enjoying the training so far, sounds like you’ve got the right approach – increase your milage gradually and listen to your body. A seasoned runner told me the other day its down to time spent on your feet not miles and speed – i.e. run for more than 30 minutes at a time! Good luck, looking forward to hearing more about how your training goes X

  5. Look at you go! I’m so impressed right now! I’m still trying to work up the courage to do a 5k! Definitely not a naturally born runner here. But it is something that I definitely want to do. Just have to do it.

  6. I’m running my first half marathon in October as well!
    Good luck!!

  7. I am also running my first half in October, and kind of like you were saying at the beginning of the post, before I signed up I was randomly getting this urge to run more! I have always liked running and ran a few times a week (never more than 3 miles at once though) just to exercise and relieve stress, and then a couple months ago I got the urge to sign up for a race. I feel so much stronger already and motivated! Good luck with your training!!

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