Training for My First Half Marathon

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On a whim I signed up for a half marathon. "You did what?!" said the boy. "Do you even know what that entails?"Oh, husband. Such confidence!

Seriously though, I don't think I really know what it entails, ha! I'm not a runner, but for whatever reason, I was swayed by cute tigers (the money for this marathon goes toward a new tiger sanctuary) and this voice inside me telling me that I should focus on something that helps my mental and physical health. And then, before I knew it, I was signed up to run 13 some odd miles in the Safari Park Half Marathon.

[Wanna join me? You can sign up here!]

Like any good planner/blogger/future librarian, I've looked up some training schedules and it looks like I better start training in the next couple weeks and log in a whole lot of miles a week. Eep! But I'm excited by this challenge, and I think it will be good for my heart and head.

Send me your tips marathon runners! How should I train?



julia said...

Good for you! From a once and future runner and circumstantial non-marathoner, my advice: stay well hydrated at all times. I really think that's the very best thing you can do. Also, you will probably want to do some running before the race. ;)

honey my heart said...

good luck!! hope that your training goes well.

Abbie said...

Girl- you can SO do this! Hal Higdon has great plans. Google it. Enjoy!

miss.t said...

yay congratulations!! i was thinking about signing up for this race too! i ran my first half-marathon last october...it was hard but definitely an accomplishment! for my training, i tried to do 2 or 3 short runs (3-4 miles) during the week and one longer run on the weekend (starting with 5, building up to 10 or 11 later on). good luck, mo ~ you will do awesome! :)

punkychewster said...

wow! *admire*

i could never push myself to do something like that. i ran enough miles when i was in my school track team, to last me a lifetime.

you go girl!

but since it's for a safari park fund raiser, i'll do my part and donate! for the tigers!!!

Mo said...

Wow! Thanks for all the supportive comments ladies. I've managed to lure my sister into the mix, so she's running it now too! Yay!

@Abbie: Thank you for the tip! I've printed out the novice schedule for myself. :)

@miss.t: DO IT! Then we can meet up afterward and look at the animals together.

@punkychewster: So sweet of you! I should have my fundraising page on here, I'm *supposed* to be asking for donations too.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Woohoo! Go YOU!

Alycia said...

That is amazing!! Congratulations! And for such a good cause - rock on!!
I would suggest the Couch 2 5k program to get you started in running [dont know what your current running level is]. It's fast, easy and trains your body gradually so you aren't pulling muscles your first time out of the gate.
After that I would suggest looking around for fellow runners- there are some groups that do training for marathons and you can meet some really cool people while gearing yourself up for the big event.

Congrats again! Have a great time :o)

joyce said...

Wow!! Ryan takes part in the City to Surf here every year and he try to train for it at least 3 months before the run itself building up his endurance over that time. He really enjoys it and I'm sure you will too. All the best!

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