So, if you don’t follow my on my Youtube channel, (which if you aren’t you should be) you probably didn’t know I’ve been training the last 4 months for a half marathon. I signed up back in April as a kind of post break-up “GO LIVE YO LIFE” phase that basically ended up sending me to Texas, 2 music festivals and this half-marathon this summer. Anywho, I use to run cross country in middle school but didn’t continue it in high school. Occassionally when I wanted some cardio I’d go for a run of maybe 2-3 miles max. I’ve never ran more than 5 miles. And just today while writing this I ran 13.1 miles.
I ran a half marathon.
I’m still over the moon ecstatic and over the moon EXHAUSTED from it. I filmed a few of my training sessions.
As time went on I really built up a solid foundation of endurance and athleticism. Each time I had a long run I was pretty pumped up at what my body and mind was able to accomplish. The thing about running is that no one tells you how much your mental strength plays a role. Running is pretty internal and solitary of a sport, its you and the road. That’s it. So who is going to win?
While running this half-marathon I wanted to stop at mile 7. It was such a humid day, my body was a little out of whack and my mind was not on my side. But I sent myself grace, walked a bit and took off again. I did the same thing at mile 9 and 11. My goal time was 2 hours and 15 minutes, and while I went over making it across the finish line at 2 hours and 30 minutes, 15 minutes over my goal, I’m truly grateful that I finished.
So you’re probably running about my half marathon training schedule.
If you type into google any half marathon training schedule you’ll see Hal Higdon’s at the top of the list. If you don’t know who he is, he was a runner and writer. He was the longest running (pun intended) Runner World’s contributor and he’s also the author of 34 books. Needless to say, the guy knows his stuff.
I pretty much followed his schedule for Novice 1:
|1||Rest||3 m run||2 m run or cross||3 m run||Rest||30 min cross||4 m run|
|2||Rest||3 m run||2 m run or cross||3 m run||Rest||30 min cross||4 m run|
|3||Rest||3.5 m run||2 m run or cross||3.5 m run||Rest||40 min cross||5 m run|
|4||Rest||3.5 m run||2 m run or cross||3.5 m run||Rest||40 min cross||5 m run|
|5||Rest||4 m run||2 m run or cross||4 m run||Rest||40 min cross||6 m run|
|6||Rest||4 m run||2 m run or cross||4 m run||Rest or easy run||Rest||5-K Race|
|7||Rest||4.5 m run||3 m run or cross||4.5 m run||Rest||50 min cross||7 m run|
|8||Rest||4.5 m run||3 m run or cross||4.5 m run||Rest||50 min cross||8 m run|
|9||Rest||5 m run||3 m run or cross||5 m run||Rest or easy run||Rest||10-K Race|
|10||Rest||5 m run||3 m run or cross||5 m run||Rest||60 min cross||9 m run|
|11||Rest||5 m run||3 m run or cross||5 m run||Rest||60 min cross||10 m run|
|12||Rest||4 m run||3 m run or cross||2 m run||Rest||Rest||Half Marathon|
However, at first I was overtraining and running farther than he suggested during the week days usually by a mile or 2. After speaking with my mom’s coworker who runs in halfs and tris pretty often he told me to stick to the schedule to prevent overtraining which inevitably happened anyway and I got a bit of Runner’s Knee.
In between my run days I’d either lift with low weight high volume full body work outs and take a yoga class. However closer to race day I actually ended up skipping out on lifting and sticking to yoga and running primarily. I found my body felt a lot better and recooperated faster without the constant breaking down of muscle week in week out.
So do I plan on running another half marathon?
I want to get that 2 hour and 15 minute race. This race was such a learning experience for me. I learned a bit more about how much or little my body needs race day in terms of fuel and water. Learned that I should drink a bit less to avoid any pit stops (which messed with my time) and most importantly I learned that I am really capable of whatever I set my mind to which is what this whole race meant to me.
There are a million and one half-marathon training guides to follow out there, so if you feel like one isn’t really working for you, find another. Give yourself enough wiggle room if this is your first to kind of mess around with your mileage ability and training. Like I said, I started way back in April running 1-2 miles at first. Slowly and surely I built up to my final long run of 10 miles the week before my race day. And while my race day wasn’t perfect, it taught me and prepped me physically and mentally for my next one that I’d like to run around April.
What is the toughest thing you’ve ever had to overcome pysically? Have you ran a 10 k, 10 miler or half-marathon before? Leave a comment down below!
Until next time