Training For My First Half Marathon

I should probably start off with the story of how I signed up for this insane feat.

I have always aspired to participate in a marathon. I never did well with team sports, but I always loved the idea of being so physically fit that I could run 26.2 miles and not die. Although I had great aspirations, I’ve never taken up running seriously and the longest race I’ve ever completed is the Tallahassee SpringTime 10K. After last year’s 10K I pretty much gave up on my dream of running long distances. Running 6 miles was absolutely miserable and I couldn’t imagine trying to do a half marathon (13.1 miles) let alone a full marathon (26.2 miles). That was until Emeril came into the mix. My boss, Jody and I share a love of fine food and vacations and someone found this race in Seaside, FL where Emeril hosts a dinner and if you paid enough money you could ever get to hang out with him for a bit. We thought this was the coolest thing ever, and  seriously considered signing up back in December 2017. I quickly called it quits because the price wasn’t right and I wanted 2018 to be a year of financial stability (and TBH spending 300 dollars to meet Emeril for 5 seconds just didn’t seem financially responsible). Flash forward to two weeks ago, when my incredibly generous boss decided to gift Jody and I the VIP Emeril experience as a thank you for all of our hard work the past several months. I couldn’t say no, so we booked a hotel, signed up for the race and attempted to figure out how to go from not working out at all, to running 13.1 miles in 5 weeks.

The first step I took was to figure out when the cut off time for the race was so I could calculate how slow I could run and still be considered a finishing participant of the race (I’m not even kidding).  I had already been practicing mindful eating for a week or two prior (more on that later) so I just needed to work on the actual training portion of the preparations. Last week I ran three miles for 4 days and tried to keep a steady pace while working on breathing. I did one day of cross training (the elliptical) and on the weekend I did one long run (5 miles). Surprisingly I didn’t feel terrible, and only had one meltdown (that was completely food related) so I woke up today with 4 weeks to go and am motivated to do even better. My workout plan this week is as follows:

  • 3 days of running 3.5 miles each day
  • 2 days of 30 minute cross training on the elliptical
  • 1 day of long distance running (7 miles)

I plan to keep adding a half a mile to my short runs and increase my long runs by two miles each week. My other goals for this week are to order a pre-workout and go to the local running shop to make sure I have the proper shoes for race day. I’m not a doctor and I’m not a trained athlete, so I’m not sure if this is the best training plan, but I think out of everything I’ve researched online this is a good start!

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