Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Three Things I've Learned (so far) During My Half-Marathon Training

Hey there!

Long time no see. My fault. Sorry about that.

I thought I'd stop in and give you an update on my half-marathon training. The race is November 14th, so we still have some time (thank goodness). 

My training buddy, Stephanie, has been absolutely awesome through the process so far. We are half way through our 5th week of training, and if it weren't for her holding me accountable, I probably would have quit after about 3 days. Seriously.

For those of you in the same boat (don't love running, but are trying to make a habit of it), allow me to share three lessons I have learned so far.

1. Find someone who will hold you accountable.
No, this cannot be yourself or your conscience. For me, it also could not be my husband. I am too good at talking my way out of things with him! And he keeps quiet so that I don't feel badly (smart man). Stephanie was the perfect partner for me for a few reasons: we are on similar fitness levels, we both really want to see it through, and we live in the same neighborhood which makes running together convenient. 

2. Invest in key items.
These items may be different for each person. For me, the key items have been a Garmin watch (old model, but can track distance), some running capris (running + shorts = too much rubbing), and a good pair of shoes. I had an employee at Fleet Feet watch my run and measure my feet, which was critical in finding a good pair of shoes. I learned that I overpronate (which basically means my feet turn inward when I run), so I knew to look for a pair of shoes that corrects that issue. In the long run, this should save my feet and my joints!

3. Running is 90% mental.
Spencer used to tell me this all the time, but I just would not believe him. Turns out, he was right (shhh, don't tell him I said that). If I keep a steady pace, it really is a matter of pushing myself to keep going. Of course, if I go too fast, I will certainly tire out. The key is to set a pace (for me it is somewhat slow right now), keep your breathing steady, and tell yourself that longing to quit is all in your head. Because, guess what? It really is!

Are you a runner? What tips can you share with me as I continue my training?

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Until next time - - 


  1. I can't run to the end of the driveway without cramping up. I'm in awe!

    1. Ha! Before this I couldn't either. I have a LONG (long, long) way to go, but I am proud of myself!

  2. Good Luck. I need to find someone who holds me accountable. Love the husband but it is not him.

    1. Thanks girl! I felt the same way - I knew it couldn't be my (wonderful, fantastic, loving) husband!

  3. Honey, I am so proud of your hard work and commitment to your goal of this half marathon. You know my idea of a marathon....they have moved the fridge further away during the tv commercial. Keep up the good work! I love you!

    1. Thanks, Momma. :) It's tough, but we're still at it!