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edensacres Pro 197 posts since
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Jan 27, 2013 12:23 PM

Spring Training Plans -  Half Marathon anyone?

I've had enough of the grey skies, single digit weather and want to think about brighter things. So my mind turns to running!   Do you have a spring traing plan/goal? 

 

I am about to begin training for my first half marathon which will take place in May.   This has been a goal of mine for years (even before I started running). Last year I was on track to accomplish it until I craked my ribs.   I'm hoping this is the year!  I've got a training plan that will have me running 3 days a week with cross training on 2-3 off days.  My schedule is crazy (whose isnt) so I'm going to focus on getting  runs in and try to do some ab work, or in house exercise, on some of the cross training days.   I want to prove to myself I can do this!  I want to prove I can meet this challenge and overcome the mental and physical barriers between me and that medal at the end of the race. 

 

What are your spring plans/goals?

 

Stephanie





Started C25K 3/29/11 for the third time - Graduated 7/1/11 - some of us take longer

Completed Races

Webster Co. Woodchopping Festival 5K (5/28/11) 38:03 "Holy crap! Did he just say 38 something? I was hopinig for 45 minutes"

Never underestimate yourself!

That Dam Race 5K 7/23/11 44:46 - a challenging route & a hot day- but I will do better next year!

"Run for the Ta-Ta's 5K 10/29/11 39:54 in the snow!

Woodchoppers 5K 5/26/12 36:08 My 5 year old was 5 minutes behind me. Way to go Liat!

Fly By 10k 6/16/12 1:24:12

And the dream race...

"Flying Pig Half Marathon" Cincinnati, OH (May 2013)

  • MugsyMac Amateur 29 posts since
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    1. Feb 12, 2013 7:32 AM (in response to edensacres)
    Spring Training Plans - Half Marathon anyone?

    Hi Stephanie!

     

    I'm also training for my first half marathon taking place in May. I just got back into running 3 weeks ago after almost a year off. I know that 10 more weeks of training isn't much but it's already been enough of a motivation to get my butt in gear which I sorely needed. I figure if I have to walk most of it then so be it but I'm already able to run about 15 min without stopping so I'm pretty happy about that.

     

    My training plan has been different than in the past when I would train for a 5k. I normally would start over with C25K but I was able to run longer this time than I was in the past so I went into it just trying to run as long as I could and then do a kind of run/walk interval thing. I also found 3 treadmill workouts on this site and I've tried a couple of them and so far they are kicking my butt. One of them has the incline at 6% for most of it. I'm planning on getting more into a specific training routine that I found but for now this is working.

     

    This is great that there is someone else in my boat! It would be great if we could be there to cheer each other on, even if it's "virtually"!

     

    Megan





    Stuff About Me:

    5/2/11 RNY Gastric Bypass surgery (the day my life changed forever!)

    Completed Races:

    9/18/11 Saratoga Palio (my first 5k)

    10/2/11 The ROC 5k Run

    10/22/11 The Great Pumpkin 5k

    Upcoming Races:

    5/5/13 Twin Lights Half Marathon

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
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    2. Feb 12, 2013 11:42 AM (in response to MugsyMac)
    Spring Training Plans - Half Marathon anyone?

    Good luck to both of you!  Stephanie, the pig is a great race!    Nice hills but if you live in or around Cincy you are aware of this.  My spring race is The Quintiles Wrighsville Beach half in March

  • Scotty670 Amateur 27 posts since
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    4. Feb 13, 2013 11:06 AM (in response to edensacres)
    Spring Training Plans - Half Marathon anyone?

    I am training for the 25k run here in Grand Rapids May 11, 2013.  But, My big race is May 25.  The Bayshore Run in Traverse City MI. I cant wait for that one. It will be my first official  Half Marathon race.





    Scotty

  • Running4urlife Pro 72 posts since
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    5. Feb 13, 2013 6:09 PM (in response to edensacres)
    Re: Spring Training Plans - Half Marathon anyone?

    Glad I clicked on this ....I committed to my first 1/2 marathon race this year for my 50th birthday present to myself.  There are two differnt one I'm consdiering, although I will only commit to one - the Chicago Women's 1/2 Marathon on June 23rd and then the 17th Annual Chicago 1/2 Marathon on Sept. 8th. I'm worried about the possible humidity and heat that can come in June in Chicago. Problem in Chicago is that early September can be just the same as June or it can be cold!!

     

    I'm doing the Soldier Field 10 miler in May so that's going to be my long race push at the end of my training program. I'm using Active Advantage 1/2 Marathon Training Program....anyone use their programs before??





    COMPLETED RACES

    2010 - Hot Chocolate 5k/15k ---47:24 (walked...first race in 10 years!)

    2011 - Hot Chocolate 5k/15k ---- 33:53

    2012 - St. Paddy's Day 8k/5k Run....58:59....FIRST 8K!

    2012 - Tiger 5k Speedway Racetrack....35:38

    2012 - Short Run on a Long Day 5k in Frankfort....34:43

    2012 - Fort2Base - 3 Nautical Mile (3.45 miles).....36:44

    2012 - Hot Chocolate 5k/15k.....31:46...PR!!

    2013 - Mar - St. Paddy's Day 5k/8k Run...34.26

    2013 - Apr - Tiger 5k Speedway Racetrack...34:36...2nd place in my "old age" group

    2013 - May - Solider Field 10 Miler...2:01:26

    2013 - June - Chicago Color Run (not timed)

    2013 - June - Women's Chicago 1/2 Marathon....2:43:04

  • Running4urlife Pro 72 posts since
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    6. Feb 13, 2013 6:23 PM (in response to edensacres)
    Re: Spring Training Plans - Half Marathon anyone?

    edensacres - you can do it!!!  I'm saying that to myself as well....the longest I've ever run is 7 miles and I've committed to the 1/2 marathon this year too!!  i'd be happy to stay connected with you and megan....seems like we're all going to be first time 1/2ers??





    COMPLETED RACES

    2010 - Hot Chocolate 5k/15k ---47:24 (walked...first race in 10 years!)

    2011 - Hot Chocolate 5k/15k ---- 33:53

    2012 - St. Paddy's Day 8k/5k Run....58:59....FIRST 8K!

    2012 - Tiger 5k Speedway Racetrack....35:38

    2012 - Short Run on a Long Day 5k in Frankfort....34:43

    2012 - Fort2Base - 3 Nautical Mile (3.45 miles).....36:44

    2012 - Hot Chocolate 5k/15k.....31:46...PR!!

    2013 - Mar - St. Paddy's Day 5k/8k Run...34.26

    2013 - Apr - Tiger 5k Speedway Racetrack...34:36...2nd place in my "old age" group

    2013 - May - Solider Field 10 Miler...2:01:26

    2013 - June - Chicago Color Run (not timed)

    2013 - June - Women's Chicago 1/2 Marathon....2:43:04

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,372 posts since
    Jan 18, 2008

    I actually have two half-marathons scheduled, one in March (St. Patrick's Day) and the second in June (the 9th I think).  The March race is in Wilmington, DE and is hilly,so not especially easy.  The June race is a pretty easy course in Philly, with one noticable hill, at mile 12.5.  But it probably will be on the warm side. So I'll have to take it easy.

     

    For the first timers, remember to know what you can do and to run your own race.  I registered for my first half almost on a whim - some friends convinced me I could do it.  Though I ran regularly, my longest run at the time was a 10K.  I did some walking, not deliberately, but I finished.  And I've run another 30 or 40 since then.  It's a great distance.

     

    Len





    Len

  • Art Davis Pro 112 posts since
    Jan 30, 2008
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    8. Feb 15, 2013 2:51 PM (in response to edensacres)
    Spring Training Plans - Half Marathon anyone?

    I completed the "Fly With The Eagles Half Marathon" at Crab Orchard Lake in Southern Illinois on 2/9/13 in 2:11

    My next half marathon is the "Southern Illinois Spring Classic" on 3/23/13

    Then the "southern Indiana Classic Marathon" on 4/6/13 overall a rather ambitious spring for me!

    Art

    http://fitatfifty-art.blogspot.com/





    Getting Fit at Fifty

    http://fitatfifty-art.blogspot.com/

  • Running4urlife Pro 72 posts since
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    11. Feb 16, 2013 6:33 PM (in response to lenzlaw)
    Re: Spring Training Plans - Half Marathon anyone?

    hey len.....thanks for the tips!  this will be my first 1/2 marathon.  i'm planning on running through the training program twice.  the first time through will end in april just in time for a 10 mile race in chicago.  then im going to restart the training program in june and do it through the summer and end with the 1/2 marathon on sept. 8th.  i run 4 miles each day with a long run once per weekend.  im starting to build from 6, then 7, then 8 and so on....im hoping training will go as planned and i should be good. 





    COMPLETED RACES

    2010 - Hot Chocolate 5k/15k ---47:24 (walked...first race in 10 years!)

    2011 - Hot Chocolate 5k/15k ---- 33:53

    2012 - St. Paddy's Day 8k/5k Run....58:59....FIRST 8K!

    2012 - Tiger 5k Speedway Racetrack....35:38

    2012 - Short Run on a Long Day 5k in Frankfort....34:43

    2012 - Fort2Base - 3 Nautical Mile (3.45 miles).....36:44

    2012 - Hot Chocolate 5k/15k.....31:46...PR!!

    2013 - Mar - St. Paddy's Day 5k/8k Run...34.26

    2013 - Apr - Tiger 5k Speedway Racetrack...34:36...2nd place in my "old age" group

    2013 - May - Solider Field 10 Miler...2:01:26

    2013 - June - Chicago Color Run (not timed)

    2013 - June - Women's Chicago 1/2 Marathon....2:43:04

  • Running4urlife Pro 72 posts since
    Oct 6, 2011
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    12. Feb 16, 2013 6:41 PM (in response to edensacres)
    Spring Training Plans - Half Marathon anyone?

    stephanie - that's a great point on the timing as far as doing the 10 miler in may and then be ready for the 1/2er about 3 weeks after.  in august i would mainly be training indoors on a track and treadmill.  (yuck i know!!!)  i also do evening runs once the sun goes down in the summer here in chicago.  i will definitely put some thought to your suggestion!  the race is very early AM so it may not be too bad in june!  thanks!!!





    COMPLETED RACES

    2010 - Hot Chocolate 5k/15k ---47:24 (walked...first race in 10 years!)

    2011 - Hot Chocolate 5k/15k ---- 33:53

    2012 - St. Paddy's Day 8k/5k Run....58:59....FIRST 8K!

    2012 - Tiger 5k Speedway Racetrack....35:38

    2012 - Short Run on a Long Day 5k in Frankfort....34:43

    2012 - Fort2Base - 3 Nautical Mile (3.45 miles).....36:44

    2012 - Hot Chocolate 5k/15k.....31:46...PR!!

    2013 - Mar - St. Paddy's Day 5k/8k Run...34.26

    2013 - Apr - Tiger 5k Speedway Racetrack...34:36...2nd place in my "old age" group

    2013 - May - Solider Field 10 Miler...2:01:26

    2013 - June - Chicago Color Run (not timed)

    2013 - June - Women's Chicago 1/2 Marathon....2:43:04

  • PhilipBurke Rookie 1 posts since
    Jun 28, 2012
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    13. Feb 20, 2013 5:55 AM (in response to Running4urlife)
    Spring Training Plans - Half Marathon anyone?

    I'm training for my first half in N.C. at the end of March.  I live in Boston and was worried about the snow getting in the way so I started early.  Since the beginnign of December I've been doing a 5 mile run on Tuesday, another 5 miles on Friday and a 10 -12 on Sunday.  I can only find the time to run 3 days a week due to work schedule.  I run pretty fast and have been able to keep some of the 10 mile runs under 80 minutes.  Hoping to finish the half in between 1:45:00 and 1:50:00.  I'm not sure if that's too ambitious a time and if I should be more conservative during the race trying to run a slower pace, ore just do what comes naturally.  Also, when I run the 10 -12 mile runs, I don't drink water during the run.  Should I try running the half without a water stop if that's what I'm used to doing?  Any advice from those who are more experienced would be greatly appreciated.

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,372 posts since
    Jan 18, 2008
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    14. Feb 20, 2013 7:28 AM (in response to PhilipBurke)
    Spring Training Plans - Half Marathon anyone?

    If you're doing most of your training at about 8-minute pace, you should have no trouble doing the race at that pace. Unless the weather is too warm , say over 55 degrees.  You could start a little slower, then pick up the pace a little every 3 or 4 miles.  Don't do anything in the race that you haven't done in training.  That said, I'd recommend drinking some water on your long runs. An 8 ounce, handheld bottle should do the trick.

     

    Len





    Len

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