Day 1 of Half Marathon Training

Today is the day that I’ve been anxiously awaiting.  Training for me is a love/hate relationship.  I hate when I have no direction in my runs when I don’t have a race to train for , but I also hate training because what if I don’t do as well as I planned.  I hate having bad runs, they always get me down. In Brianna like fashion, I still haven’t decided which half I will be doing.  I’m sure sooner or later I will be creating pro’s & con’s list of the two half’s.  I hate making decisions.  I always want the best and am always afraid I’ll make the wrong choice. Crazy, right?

I’ve spent the last month mulling over training plans.  Which one would be “right” for me.  Originally I had planned to use Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Plan but then I changed my mind.  I didn’t like that his LR’s start at 5miles. Don’t get me wrong, I know there must be a purpose for this, but for me mentally I don’t think I would be mentally prepared if I trained that way.  I’m a total mental runner, as I know most of us are.  I need to get out of my head and stop analyzing things.  I knew for sure if I started with 5 mile long runs, I’d be going insane and not think I was prepared (fyi I  normally do 8-12 mi LR’s).  I’ve been getting into reading a lot of running blogs, but saying getting into I really mean obsessed.  I love reading how running has changed peoples lives or the obstacles they’ve over came, it can be so inspiring.  So,  I decided to look at some of my running inspirations training plans.  A lot seemed to hard or to many miles.  Don’t get me wrong, I love running long but it can be hard with my job & me not being a morning person (fun fact: I have work at 9 & sometimes I get up at 8:15…oops.). Ironically, I found a training plan on Pinterest.  My new obsession, I can spend hours on that site.  I’m still deciding between the “beginner” and “intermediate” program.

the "Beginner" Plan

The "Intermediate" Plan

I like that the intermediate program has you going up to 15mi’s before the half (mentally I think this would be great for me) BUT I dislike that mileage during the week.  Not that 7mi’s is a lot to pull out during the week physically, but after getting home and it’s dark out and oh UM I’m really freaking slow, the last think  I want to do is be running for over an hour in the pitch black.  Maybe I’ll do a mix between the beginner & intermediate and see how I feel.  I strongly believe that not every training plan is meant for everyone and that you should tailor it to you needs/wants and ability.

 

In other news, recently I’ve been becoming obsessed with knee high socks.  It could be my obsession with Shalane OR my inner FIT-er coming out and wanting to be more stylish when I run, who knows.  Does anyone know where  I could get a pair that’s not 40 bucks!?!  Also, I’ve decided I want to design some t-shirts, look out for em’.  I’m just trying to decide what printing company to use, any suggestions? 🙂

Is anyone else training for a half? Let me know!

 

Until next time,

 

Run Hard. Run Long. Run Strong.

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2 thoughts on “Day 1 of Half Marathon Training

  1. Hi Bri. I have just bought Higdon´s “Marathon” book, looking for a guide to prepare myself for a Marathon this year, so as you are, i´m searching for a goal that leads and encourages my efforts.

    I can totally relate to that evening running because I also avoid getting up early to train, so we and my buddies run at night after work, and it has become somewhat of a antistress therapy.

    I feel compelled to recomend you one Half in my country: The Tequila Mundo Cuervo 21K, in November. It´s in Tequila, Jalisco, where the famous drink it´s produced. It´s a very hard half, though. Includes hills, road terrains, dust, sun, but also has beautifuls sights and unforgettable surroundings.

    Greetings from the Yucatán Peninsula,

    Ramon Calavera

    @ramoncalavera

  2. You are correct that everyone is different and has different life commitments, so you have to adjust the schedule for that. No stressing about it! I don’t like to call long runs long … I call them adventures. How you mentally prepare for practice runs and races is almost more important then physical.

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