Training for and Running a Half Marathon


Being a runner I enjoy challenges, specially those that fit evenly into my daily routine and schedule. When i have completed one full marathon, an adventure and accomplishment I treasure, fulls require countless hours of preparation, balancing nutrition and employ, work time and playtime, sprints and jogs, and months of advance planning. With half marathons, I curently have a solid base since i have have been running for upwards of forty years and so when a half offers itself to me, I just need a few months to increase mileage, making the 13.1 miles doable as well as fun. – Route Optimisation Software

My training plan is based on the elaborate one I created after much reading and research to the full. I run four days per week, doing a regular stint of 4-5 miles three of those days and adding distance around the fourth. As a result, Monday, Friday, and Saturday belong to the “regular” category, although I often put in a few miles on nowadays as well, leaving Wednesday in my big day. About 60 days out I begin adding a mile per Wednesday, planned so that two weeks before the race I run 13+ miles, then tapering on no running after the next Monday or Wednesday just before the event (depending on when it is a Saturday or perhaps a Sunday). Days of rest work great for my legs, however will admit being an addict to running, I kind of have to tie myself into a chair to prevent myself from sprinting out of the door.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I swim. While this maintains action on my legs there is no pressure or pounding, and also the strokes activate my arms, pulling them into angles and rotations that don’t come with running. Sundays are still for a walk, yard work, housework, and all of those other commitments of life. Will still be exercise, but of your different sort. These – from running to swimming to mowing the grass – are activities I like, activities that activate thinking, mind expansion, and general happiness. I feel better after each pursuit so do my body and my head,

With a marathon I had to consider food intake with intricate attention. 26.2 miles can be a long distance to run plus a long time in training to build-up endurance and strength without breaking down knees, hips, or feet. I carefully managed vitamin supplements, healthy food versus junk, adequate liquids and careful alcohol consideration, and so on. It was great for me because my daily and weekly outline changed into a lifestyle for nutrition, the one which I have kept over time. For the half, I give consideration, but skipping breakfast or missing dinner isn’t as critical as I have a very nutritional reserve prepared.

This running regime and nutritional diet have helped me sustain a perfect weight. If I placed on a pound or two I’m able to immediately feel it within my movement and carriage well, i step back, eat with an increase of attention and put in a mile. If my weight dips, which usually only happens when We’ve one of my seasonal raging colds, I target high-protein foods and healthy beverages. Like a vegetarian I sometimes worry about enough protein to preserve my health, but a conscientious focus on food overall fairly well solves that issue.

A couple of days before the event I believe about my meals, not really changing them but being sure that what I eat and drink are great for me. On “game day” I’ve my usual walk and keep it at this to avoid pit-stops along the route. I am aware that a bagel or banana, peanut butter toast or an apple would probably be wise, but this is not my standard therefore i avoid making changes. Adrenalin guides me through the first miles then offerings of Gatorade carry me onward. I skip water figuring I would like salt more. I also usually have one pack of protein gummies or possibly a goo packet just to keep me feeling fresh. I prefer the gummies as I can reward myself using a gummy per mile making the snack transform into a mind game.

By Mile 8 I understand I am over halfway home; by Mile 10 I’m raring for the end. At Mile 12 and can tick up my speed a notch since the medal is almost throughout my neck. Yes, most races give a tangible reward towards the end and I love and admire my stack of medals. It’s silly but very thrilling simultaneously. Crossing the finish is often a blast, especially if the announcer gives my name, city, or state. An additional of glory is very amusing. A banana and chocolate milk accompany my medal award and fulfillment floods in. Being greeted by family in presence is awesome as is a text of congratulations from a person who has followed me throughout the course through runner tracking. Everything feels empowering.

When i have sadly delayed over the years and stiffness pulls in and stays more time, running half marathons is surely an exciting experience. Entailing body and mind and plenty of hours in training, all of these enhance my positive outlook and inner strength. Maybe it is really an event that would enrapture you. Start with the short-term goal like running to the end of the block and move to around the block, down the lane, the trail, and so forth, taking baby steps of exercises into paths of pleasure. Also remind yourself of the good running offers you and smile normally as possible along your route. Greet dog walkers and also other joggers, plants, trees, and deer. Your outward positivity affects your inward delight. Yes, truly, the rewards are good. – Route Optimisation Software

Training for and Running a Half Marathon