I’m Training for a Half Marathon!

30 Oct

Less than a year ago, I would have laughed if you suggested that I would be training for a half marathon today. Half of an entire marathon, or 13.1 miles, would have seemed impossible to me back then, but I’m on the right track to tackle the distance and even come in under two hours, if all goes well. I decided to create this post because I’ve had a lot of “how did you do it?” or “I could never do that” questions and comments. These tips can help you train for your own 13.1 mile race. After all, if I can do it, then so can you!

Assess Your Starting Point
The first thing I did once I set my mind to completing the full 13.1 miles was figure out what I could already do. This spring, I was shocked to discover that just 30 seconds of running left me out of breath and in need of a walk break. Knowing that wasn’t discouraging, as it gave me a base and something to improve upon.

Get an App to Help You Improve
Since I wasn’t a long-time runner, I needed an app that could help keep me on track and motivate my weight loss. The Couch to 5k App, or C25K, had me running and walking in intervals three or four times each week. At the end of the 10 week plan, I could run an entire 5k, or 3.1 miles, without needing a walk break. After completing C25K, I moved onto C210K, which I’ll complete by the middle of November.

Participate in Shorter Races Along the Way
After finishing the C25K, I put my hard work to the test with a 5k race in Las Vegas. Before my full 13.1 mile race, I’ll also participate in a longer race called the 12k Turkey Trot in Las Vegas. I’m nervous to tackle 12k, or roughly 7.5 miles, but I need that time so that I can be put in the right corral for my upcoming half marathon. Once I complete that race, I will have run the furthest distance that I’ve ever run in my entire life.

Schedule Your 13.1 Months in Advance
The culmination of all my training will be the Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon, which takes places in Disneyland. Knowing that I have this race ahead of me helps me stick to my training, which I know will be tough to handle over the holidays. The race is held on Mother’s Day, an extra special date to me since my son and husband will be at Disneyland cheering me across the finish line. I got this fitness journey started after having my little boy and knowing that I am his role model, so seeing him at the end will be quite the special moment for me. Since I started running and cross-training, I’ve lost nearly 90 pounds (80 of which I gained during my pregnancy). This race will be my moment to show the world what I’m capable of and make me and my family proud!

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