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Half Marathon

I don't know how it happened exactly, but maybe a couple of years ago, the bug hit my family and all of a sudden, we all became runners. I like to believe that I was the first in my family to really get into running, but I guess that wouldn't be entirely true, though it is true that I have been running and enjoying it for much longer than the year my family really started getting into it.
No, it must have started with my dad. He was a long-distance runner back in the day and he was pretty good, too! He even held the high school record for a while in his event (something long-distance, but I can't remember what it was). That's back before they even had astro-turf (or whatever) and your feet would get beat up pretty bad. Yup! That's my dad!
Well, anyway, the semester after Andrew and I were married, we participated in a relay race together with some family and friends and it was one of the hardest things I had done up to that point (physically). It was also one of the best feelings I've had (even if my team got last place). That was only 2.5 miles for me and since then, I have successfully worked my way up to a comfortable 10 mile... And then I got pregnant.
I'd like to get back to where I was back then. One of my new year resolutions is to run a 5K, but I've changed my mind. Instead, I'm running a half marathon. I think the training will end up being even more brutal than the actual race in June (which costs $75.00 to join. YIKES!), but it'll be worth it, I'm sure. Anyone want to join me? Here's my training schedule:

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Wish me luck! I think I'll wait until my sick stomach is better before training, though.



2 comments

  1. I am trying to learn to love running. Because someday I would like to run some sort of race. Mostly because I want to run the moonlight half.... which is cool because it is like a game. Sorry, tangent. But thanks for sharing this! I have just been running as far as I can everyday, but an actual schedule would probably be better! haha.

    Deidre || Love, The Skinnys
    PS. Dont forget to come enter my giveaway!

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  2. Good luck! I definitely thought the training for a 1/2 was harder than the actual race! The actual race just felt like another long, training run for me. Just with more excitement, hype, and energy. I absolutely loved training (most days), and it was one of the best experiences of my life! I hope you feel the same way! Once I have this baby and get the clear to start exercising, I plan on jumping into training for another 1/2 that's in October. I'm already excited for it.

    One thing a super runner friend of mine said "You can always run double your highest mile run." So, if your longest run is 2 miles, you can definitely run 4. It was amazing to me to see my body change and progress and see the miles become easier and easier the farther along my program I went. I loved it! Hope you do too, and wishing you the best of luck! (and a little jealousy ;-) )

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