Half Marathon Training Update

Happy Tuesday friends!

I wanted to check in with you and let you know how the half marathon training is going.  As you may remember from the original post, I am following Hal Higdon’s novice 2 plan for training:

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I have stayed very consistent to the plan (minus the cross training on Sundays), and as I enter week 7 I am feeling pretty confident about my preparation for this race. My knee has also been giving me less trouble, which is such a huge relief.  I always forget how much running means to me until it is taken away.  I can always be more proactive about my health and more attuned to any pains that I may have since that is my body’s way of telling me that something is wrong or going to get worse if I ignore it.

Here are some snapshots of the previous weeks:

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I don’t follow the plan exactly to the days, but I at least make sure that I run three days during Monday-Friday with a longer run on the weekend.  If my weekend is taken and I can’t seem to fit a long run in, I will swap it with a weekday run.  One week I ran 8 miles on a Thursday and sacrificed my shorter run that week because the weekend was taken.

I have noticed that my average times have gotten better over the weeks and seem to fall between 9 min and 9:30 min.  That’s such an improvement from when I first started running and thought that a 10 min mile was the best that I was capable of doing! It just goes to show that as long as you keep putting in the effort, you will see the results.

I need to get a 9 mile run in this weekend, but we will be in Rhode Island for a wedding. Thankfully, the wedding is on Saturday and our flight back to VA isn’t until Sunday evening.  I am very excited to do such a long run in a new area and be able to explore! It is one of the best ways to get some exercise in as well as take in some new sights.  Running the same routes can get pretty repetitive, so I am definitely looking forward to it.

Fueling

Since I have increased my mileage, I have needed to adapt my eating.  Before, I would have my lightest meal of the day at dinner, but since most of my runs take place first thing in the morning, I need to make sure that I have eaten enough the night before.  I can definitely tell a difference if I have a small dinner the night before because my mind starts telling me to stop running and I feel fatigued much earlier.  There is a long hill at the end of my weekday runs and I know if I have eaten enough the night before by seeing if I am dying by the end of it or not.

I have been trying to eat more carbs in the evening, but since I have issues with gluten, I have to stay away from regular pasta.  Some of the ways that I have been able to get enough carbs to fuel my runs without causing problems for my stomach are by making gluten free foods such as:

  • quinoa
  • brown rice
  • gluten free pastas

For lunch I have been making a super fast meal of eggs, brown rice, vegetables, and Sriracha.  I can’t forget my spice!

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I have also been eating as I get hungry throughout the day, which is nothing new, but I know that with increased exercise comes an increased appetite, so I keep a lot of snacks on hand at my desk.  If I’m hungry, I know my body needs food, so I eat!

Recap

So far the plan has been very helpful because it takes the guesswork out of training.  I know when and how far to run. I am able to make slight tweaks based on how I feel like my body responds, but overall I have been following it pretty attentively.

This week I will have to increase one of my weekday runs to 5 miles, so I will make sure to report back on how that impacts my routine.  It’s not always fun to wake up before 7 am, but I know that the feeling of accomplishment I have afterwards is always worth it!

Question of the day: What tips do you have on following a training plan? Anyone else training for a race? How’s it going?

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10 Comments

  1. August 5, 2014 / 6:27 pm

    Glad your training is going well, Erin. Keep your eye on the target!

  2. Constanza
    August 5, 2014 / 11:32 pm

    hi! Im also following Hals training program intermediate 1 for Marathon , Im just 3 weeks away for finish my 18 training program ….cant wait to “The Day”!!! (August 31)! congratulation to.your program! ! Lets keep on running! !
    Constanza

    • erinsinsidejob
      August 5, 2014 / 11:37 pm

      That’s awesome!! Keep up the good work I’m sure you’ll do great!

  3. Carla Beydler
    August 6, 2014 / 8:50 am

    Interested in following you. I am wanting to start training for my first half which is next April….what was your knee problem? Really appreciate all of your comments! Wishing you success because I dont really believe in just luck! Thanks! Carla

    • erinsinsidejob
      August 6, 2014 / 9:20 am

      Awesome! My knee started hurting as a result of a couple different factors. I work at a physical therapy office so they were able to help me change some things around and work on strengthening some other areas. Let me know how your training goes!!

  4. yvette
    August 6, 2014 / 11:03 am

    I started running at 49 and 3 months in ran my 1st half. At 50 (11 months later) I ran my first hull. I’m not 53, have run at least 10 half’s and 2 fulls. All my training has been from Hal’s training programs. I don’t know what I’d do with out them. I’ve looked at others and these work the best Thank you Hal!

    • erinsinsidejob
      August 6, 2014 / 3:22 pm

      Awesome job! Keep up the good work!

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