Half marathon training begins now!

While training for my first 5K, I had a set schedule for how many miles I needed to run every week. Once the race was over, it was as though I was a complete newbie again wondering how many miles I should run each week, how many miles would keep me fit, how many miles would help me continue to lose weight, etc. I’ve pretty much been winging it because while I am a Certified Personal Trainer, I am definitely not an RRCA Running Coach! So thank goodness for Runner’s World Magazine

This fun little tidbit of information is from a back issue, May 2006, I think {Last summer I got a zillion back issues from eBay and I’m still going through them all!}. Now, I know you can’t believe everything you read, but RW doesn’t lead me astray too often. Since 20 miles is a nice number I think I can hang with weekly, this is my new weekly mileage goal. AND I want my waist fat to get the eff off my body! So if it says 20 is the magic number, I’m doing 20. Heck, maybe 21.

Oh, but wait.

I do have a race coming up. No, not the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Half Marathon–that’s not until May 2013. And no, not the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pittsburgh Half Marathon–that’s not until August 2013.

Just last night, after some discussions with the hubster, I registered for the 2012 Carolina Sports Medicine Battleship Half Marathon in Wilmington, NC!


We’re both pretty excited! Wilmington is where we normally go to celebrate our wedding anniversaries, but we haven’t been able to make it the past few years. Our 5th anniversary is this month, so we’re going to wait for that getaway celebration to take place on this race weekend. Oh, and if you run the race, you get a free entry to tour the Battleship–we love it! Hubs was sold on that and will probably be running it with me. Not with-with because he’s faster than I, of course. 🙂

So eeeeeek! So instead of the comfortable 12-15 months I had to prepare for my first half, I now only have 5 months!!! Of course, rationally, I know that’s plenty-o-time for me. But right before I was about to hit that “submit” button, I was freaking a little bit lot. What made me finally click submit was the saying that “life begins outside of your comfort zone.” I keep seeing that quote every where lately.

My comfort zone, right now, is about 6 miles. I need to do twice that and then some to successfully finish this half. I want to reach that goal. I want to experience life as a half marathoner. I want that life to begin November 4. So I stepped out and clicked. Looks like I’ll be hitting the trail to train more often and following another plan from Smart Coach!

But note to self {and all of you}: Don’t watch the Identification Discovery channel, Dateline NBC, 48 Hours, or any scary movies before I go running alone on the trail.

The other day before I hit the trail, I watched some horrible horror B-movie called Simon Says. It was awful. I love scary movies–horror is my favorite genre–but this was just plain bad. The movie mostly faded into the background while I was doing computer work, until I saw a scene with girl running in the woods.

You know it’s an older movie seeing as how she’s carrying a CD player.
The runner girl was knocked down by the scary killer man in the woods.
The runner girl tried to crawl away to safety. I’ll leave you in suspense as to if that happened or not…

Anyhow, the moral of this story for me is to be alert while on the trail!! I should not have my music up so loud that I can’t hear what’s going on around me. Also, I need to keep lifting my weights {even though I dislike it so much} so that I can fight back. And again, I should not watch these shows RIGHT before I go running!!! Paranoia at every sound/bush/tree/falling leaf/passing runner occurs!

I didn’t run on the trail yesterday; I knocked out 4 miles of speedwork on my treadmill. {I was actually somewhat speedy compared to my normal turtleness.}  Here’s another post-run video!
Oh–and if it doesn’t show up below, you can watch it here on my Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/v/10150790160540356

Are you training for your first half marathon? How did you train?

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  • Woo! Congrats on signing up for your first half! I was SO scared when I signed up for my first half and my ‘comfort zone’ was about 5-6 miles and I had only done one 10 miler in my life and it took me forever. I just stuck to a training plan and I was ready to go! Look at you signing up for all kinds of races! I just knew you would have fun with them 🙂

    • Thanks!! Yes, YES–my longest run to date has been 10 miles and I’ve only done that once. I’m pretty easily able to do 5-6, so I just need to work to get to that point where 13.1 is not so darn bad!!

  • If you can do 6-7 miles now, the leap to half isn’t too bad. Hal Higdon (http://www.halhigdon.com/training/) has free training programs. The c25k guys also have some (http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_4/index.shtml). You’ll be fine. Good luck!

  • You’re going race crazy now! 🙂

    Oh, and before I went on my scuba diving trip, I could not stop watching shows about people eating sharks, deadly jellyfish, etc. Ha ha. But all went fine and I am still here! 🙂

    • Yes, yes! All my running friends SWORE it would happen and I’m like, nahhh. I don’t think so. I was indeed incorrect!
      I’m glad you were shark-free sis!! And may I stay crazy woods killer {and Jigsaw} -free too!

      • I actually did see a shark on one of my dives. It just didn’t eat me. 🙂

        And Jigsaw better stay away!!!!!

  • I am loving this post…First half-marathon signed up for earlier than anticipated. And guess what? You will conquer this race too. Dont over think it. Just follow your plan and it will come together. Some days you will hit your pace and not want to stop just continue to enjoy running and the miles will continue to disappear under your feet. I am excited for you.

    • Thanks!Haha, yes, MUCH earlier than expected but now there’s no turning back–just going to go for it!

  • Hi Cherie – For my half I came up with a training plan for myself based on a bunch I had found, but mostly based on Matt’s http://www.nomeatathlete.com/ plan. He also has an ebook about training for a half marathon that is really great. I can send you my plan if you’d like. It has tempo runs, hill runs, intervals and long runs. Kept me busy and focused!

  • How exciting! My first half marathon was SF in 2009, and I was really nervous. But it was awesome! You have plenty of time and I know you’ll be ready. 🙂 I love the Hal Higdon plans for training.

  • Ok so we will just cheer each other on your 1st is running ..2nd is weights lol. My 1st is weights and 2nd is running. One of my idols is Ernestine Shepard who turns 76 next month is a pro bodybuilder but for her cardio she runs 10 miles daily…..love this woman. People have different goals but the bottom ine is we are all trying to achieve our goals and maintain a helathier lifestyle. Keep on running girl 🙂 As for trail runs keep one earbud in your ear and leave the other one out so you can hear whats around you. Carry mace…if it’s illegal in your area email me and I’ll give you some tips a state patrolman gave us ladies at a safety class.

  • YESS!! So excited to hear you signed up 🙂 You’re going to do great! 5 months will be more than enough time. I’ve used the Hal Higdon plans in the past (someone above mentioned them) and they worked great. Can’t wait to follow your training. Best of luck!

  • Good luck! As long as I can survive my first 5k on July 8th, I have big plans of doing a 15k in Chicago the same day as your half marathon in November. Keep us posted on what training works for you!

  • That’s so awesome you signed up for the half! I live in the ILM so maybe I’ll come and make you a sign or something! Ugh and when I run outside I always get paranoid I’m gonna get hit by a car. I tend to run in neighborhoods but some areas don’t have sidewalks. And NC drivers are CRAZY!

    • Thanks Robin!! I’d loooove to run outside in my neighborhood so I don’t have to drive to a trail/park, but yeah, no sidewalks around here and too many loose animals! 🙁