Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Half Marathon Training Update

Hey there friends! How's life? 

I have officially started half marathon training! Woohoo! Finally. After a long (to me) break from running after dealing with heel and Achilles pain in BOTH feet, I'm back to racking up the miles! I'm taking a much slower approach at increasing my miles so that I can reduce the risk of injury as much as possible. (Because we all know I am pretty injury prone) 

Here's a look see at how the past 10 days have gone:

Day 1 (Oct. 6): 2 Miles

Day 2: Cross trainer at the gym-30 minutes, ab machine & arms

Day 3: 2.5 Miles

Day 4: Strength training (legs) & Core

Day 5: 3 Miles-Outside WITH headphones & music-It was awesome.

Day 6 & 7: Rest (Saturdays are difficult to get in workouts right now because my son has soccer games on those days. After the game we headed over to my moms for a Birthday BBQ. Sunday is always a rest day.)

Day 8 (My official b-day Oct. 13): My husband and I dropped off the kids at school and drove about 2 hours to pick up our quarter of a cow we ordered a couple weeks ago. We stopped in our old town and ate breakfast at our favorite breakfast restaurant. We made a day date out of it and had a great time!

We stopped at a little place off the road that had all kinds of yard art and statues. I thought I could get a little something for our yard but after seeing the price tags, we ended up just window shopping.

My wonderful husband got me a Chrome Book to do my blogging on! I also received
quite a few cards from my family with some money & gift cards. I really wanted that peacock,
but not for $250.

Day 9: Cross trainer at the gym-22 minutes

Day 10: 2.5 miles planned, felt depleted of energy so I stopped at 2.25. (Gotta be smart and stop before I end up with an exertion migraine.)

Overall I'm pretty happy with how the past week and a half has gone. I'm using my own training plan so hopefully it'll work. I made my own plan when I ran my first 5k and I placed 4th in my age group so I must've done something right! ;-)

My main goal for the half marathon is to finish, of course. But I'd really like to finish in around 2:10-2:20. My "comfortable" pace is around 9 minutes, so I think I'll be able to reach my goal no problem...hopefully.. I should wear a shirt that says, "If found on ground, please drag across the finish line." 

I'm super excited to finally be training for a half marathon! It has been a goal race at the back of my mind for about a year, but I had a few set backs so I'm sort of starting at the bottom again. But that's ok, because this time I'm enjoying the mile I'm in. I'm o.k with running 3 miles non-stop, knowing I used to run 5 miles almost daily. I don't want to dwell on what I could do months ago, I'm living for today; and that means:
Enjoying every step of every mile.

So tell me, how's your week going so far? Are you training for a race or working towards a goal? Fill me in! I'd love to hear about it! 

Have an amazing Thursday everyone!!


  1. Yaye! So glad you're able to run again. Slow and steady no need to rush anything. :)

  2. Looks like an awesome start to your Half training!!!!
    The 5 will come, I took months to work up to even 1-2 miles after my injury, but slow is better for now:) then in a month or so you'll be back to as you want to be!

    1. Thanks!
      I'm just so excited to be running again and finally training for a big race!

  3. Happy belated birthday! That sounds like a fun day date with your husband :) The training sounds great and slow and steady definitely seems to be the way to go.

    1. Thanks!
      Yeah hopefully I can remember on race day not to go out too fast...I tend to do that then get really tired after a few miles. haha gotta work on that!

  4. The beginning of training plans are always so much fun! I'm glad you are able to get back into running after being out for an injury. Best of luck to you on your training. Happy belated birthday as well!

    1. Thanks! I definitely hope the rest of my training goes just as smoothly as the first couple weeks!


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