I hope you all had a great weekend! I definitely did. Aside from working and a lot of studying, I was able to get together with a friend for dinner, grab drinks with co-workers, and spend some quality time with Joe.
But now it’s Monday and we’re all back on our routine, right? It’s a big day for me!
Today was the first run of my 12 week half marathon training program. I was scheduled to run 3 miles this morning, but when I noticed that the heat wave is still in full force, I decided I needed to contrive an alternative plan. Here’s what happened:
- ran .5 miles to the gym
- ran 2 miles on the treadmill
- ran .5 miles home
It was a pretty good idea in that it made the time pass quickly, I got some outdoor running in while avoiding the heat for 2/3 of my run, and I wasn’t distracted by time. For most of the runs, Hal Higdon suggests to run at a manageable pace. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I am following Hal Higdons novice 1 half marathon training program, but I changed the days up a bit based on my schedule. I thought about doing novice 2 (novice 2 contains pacing runs/speed work, where novice 1 does not) because it says novice 1 is for people who haven’t run before, but since I’ve never completed a half marathon, I’d rather train safely and not try to push myself past my limits.
Anyway, this brings me to my topic today. I wanted to discuss some of my concerns with training for my first half marathon.
- I will want to run more.
Just 3 days ago, I ran 5 miles and now I am beginning the first week of training where my longest run is only 4 miles. I feel like I might want to just keep running on certain training days, but I don’t want to tire myself out. Sure, I can run longer distances, but I am definitely not accustomed to running 4 days a week. I decided that I am going to stick to the plan for the most part, except for longer runs closer to the half marathon. The longest run before the actual race is 10 miles, so I may try to increase the last few long runs to closer to 11 or 12 miles to acclimate myself to the longer distance.
I am going to Oregon next week, which doesn’t really worry me as much as Mexico in August or my friend’s bachelorette party which lasts all Labor day weekend. I want to enjoy myself, have fun, eat, and drink, but I also want to make sure I am fueling my body properly. Therefore, I am just going to have to pick and choose my cheat meals and focus on balancing. As far as training, I am lucky that Oregon and Mexico travel happens on Sundays and Thursdays, which are my rest days, and there are gyms in the hotels. For Labor day weekend, well, let’s hope I can find a route outside and not get lost!
- Hydration – I’m pretty sure I’m just going to have to suck it up and buy a water belt. There’s no way I’m going to be running 10 miles outside in August without water. I am aiming to do most of my runs outside instead of on the treadmill, unless I am in a really sticky situation, like when I am in Mexico. I’m not taking any chances running around those unknown parts!
- Bathrooms – Okay, so this was never an issue for me. The longest I’ve run outside was 6 miles and luckily I didn’t have to pee. I think there’s a bathroom in the park nearby my house, but I don’t know when or how long it’s open, or if I am even supposed to use it? Anyway, I guess I’ll have to map a route that makes a pit stop at the house for longer runs.
- Strength Training – This is extremely important to me. Right now, I lift 3 days a week. I don’t want to lose muscle being that my weekly mileage is going to increase, so I need to find a way to fit strength training in without overdoing it. I’ve devised a plan to include lifting on my cross training days, which are Tuesday (optional run day) and Friday, but I need one more day. I still haven’t decided what I am going to do about that, mainly because I don’t want my legs to be so sore from squats that I can’t run! Hmmph.
Again, this causes an issue when it comes to running outside. As I mentioned, I am going to try my best to run outside as much as possible, but if it’s really too hot, I’ll play it safe and go to the gym. Also, I am going to try to wake up earlier to beat the heat!
- Stretching and Foam Rolling – I am seriously nervous that I am not going to do this enough and that I am going to get injured. Well, not necessarily injured, but that my hip pain will return. I explain in my “about me” section how I had surgery on both of my hips for labreal tears caused by hip dysplasia. I plan on buying a foam roller instead of relying on the one at the gym.
I have a tendency to overdo it on my smoothie bowls and peanut butter, cool whip, sprinkle spoons. I want to make sure that I am A.) getting enough nutrients when I increase my weekly mileage, and B.) not over eating because “I just ran 10 miles, I’m eating this piece of cake”. You know what I mean. I also need to be careful when I am on vacation, but one thing is for sure, I will enjoy what I want in moderation!
- Running Shoes
I just bought a pair of Brooks PureCadence. I feel like I’ll probably need a new pair of running sneakers before I actually run the half, but I’m worried about when I should buy them. I don’t want to run the race in brand new pair of shoes, I want to be able to break them in. However, even breaking new shoes in during training scares me a little bit.
That’s it for now, but I’m sure I’ll be worrying about more things as I get into the training, because that’s just me.
For now, I’m staying positive, focusing on getting my runs in, and enjoying the ride!
After this morning’s run, I made a delicious egg, hummus, and paprika sandwich with half a frozen banana. Yeah, that’s all I had, which is why I made a trip to the grocery store shortly after.
Egg & hummus with paprika is definitely a current favorite combo of mine.
I had a few snacks while studying and eventually made dinner with my grocery store haul.
I baked a sweet potato using the this method. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place foil down on a baking sheet. Scrub the sweet potato, poke holes in it with a fork, and brush it with olive oil. Place it on the foil (don’t wrap it in the foil, and let it bake for 55 minutes. It came out the perfect texture! I never noticed that wrapping it in foil is what makes it soggy. It traps the moisture in.
I invited black beans, kale, plain 0% Chobani, and avocado to the topping party. Get. In. My. Belly!
Okay back to studying, studying, and snacking. Yep.
- Any tips for my half marathon training concerns?