Originally posted by pmcneb:
Hey, can I join in on this encouraagemnet thread?
My 25 year old daughter has talked me into running a HM in SC on December 8. She will be running the full.
I don't plan on starting any kind of trining until September 1ish.
Right now, I am just slogging along at about 15 mpw. It is too hot and humid to do much more and I hate running on the TM unless it is bitter out there.
That's fine by me!!! I hear you about the heat/humidity. I live in Texas and it's brutal outside, no matter what time of day I run. Unfortunately, my training program has already started, and I just have to endure. I did my tempo run last week on a TM, and HATED it!!!
pnkpanther - i was on vacation and my training has slipped, which i had anticipated but now i'm struggling to get back on track. luckily i originally had 4 weeks of leeway between my training program and the actual half, and now i still have 2.
pmcneb - you can do it. what training plan are you going to follow?
i do a majority of my runs on the treadmill. it is not the best, but i run in the early am (before it is light) and don't feel safe enough to run outside. however, i do my long runs on the weekend outside. i may try to switch up some of my morning runs to evening runs when it is a little cooler outside.
Oh, heck..I don't know what training plan I am going to do. And September 1 is soon upon us.;:
I seem to recall that for last springs HM, i just added a mile on to my long run each week and then boosted my other runs up a tad.
I have it somewhere.......
I am pretty lax about the whole thing. I don't do speed work because Ireally don't care a whole lot aobut my time. I just like to finish and still be able to walk and talk. !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|border=0!
My times are not stellar by any means. My first HM was 2:41???and my best one was 2:18. So, as long as I stay in that region, I am happy.
I don 't see how anyone can compare times unless they are for the same race on the same day. The 4 HM's I have run have all been vastly different in regards to temp and terrain.
Francesca, if your long run is at 8 miles right now, should have no problem finishing a half in November. My rule of thumb on half training is to ad 1 mile to my long run every two weeks until you get up to 12 miles. Do a couple 12s, taper for 2 weeks. Bingo, your ready to go.
I'm a big runner, 46 years old. Been doing Halfs for about 6 years now with my weigh ranging from 230-250. I usually finish around 2 hours. This is the basic program that works for me. During the rest of the week, I do 4-4 mile runs, one of them speed work or hills.
Hope this helps
Hi guys! Can I join you in your HM encouragement? I will be doing the R&R HM in Phoenix in early January. I know I'll be a bit behind the rest of you but the talk is always good. I am new to running but am determined to do finish this race. I'll be doing a 10k halfway through my training plan to gauge how I'll do in the actual race. I am very very slow so it'll be interesting but I'm up for a challenge.
I'm a little embarrased to ask this but I am considered an athena (about 20# overweight)...what is a filly? I see a few of you wrote you've registered as that and I'm not sure what that means?
I am not positive, but I think a filly and an athena are the same thing.
My first half marathon was the Phoenix Rock and Roll in 2006.
It was flat, fun and very crowded. When it is closer to the date, remind me and I will fill you in on a few details.
Thank you Bruce. I like your plan. I just worked it out an dmy long run this week should be 5 miles. I am right on schedule. Whew!
EDA: I read Bruce's HM training wrong.The schedule I worked out is to add one mile to my long run each week. Then every third week, i schedule a cut back run. So I will run for my long runs 5,6,7,5,8,9,7,10,11,9,12,12,taper taper.
I think that will work and won't kill my legs.
actually, it is not the legs that I am careful of, it is my feet as the distances mount.
i'm still here, just not so gung-ho. i went on vacation almost a month ago and i haven't gotten back into the swing of running, but i'm working. luckily i started my training early and had some extra weeks so i'm fine on my schedule, but i can't be slacking off anymore.
how's your training going?
Originally posted by pmcneb:
So, what happened to all of the HM'ers? Are you still all gung ho for training?
I'm still here too! Possibly still gung ho! Actually I am still in full-training mode, it's just getting hard to find the time/energy for all the running my schedule is calling for.
Take this week for instance. Here's what I'm supposed to be running this week:
M - Off
T - 4
W - 4
Th - 6
F - 3
S - Off
S - 9
Total of 26 miles. This might be more doable if I were a faster runner, but my training runs average between 10:30 - 11:45 min pace, and it just takes sooooo long to run every day.
In the back of my mind, I was wondering if a marathon would ever be in my future, but unless my fast-twitch muscles suddenly come alive and speed me up, I just don't have the time to train for anything longer and deal with the rest of my life. (work, college, husband, kids, etc.)
Okay, enough of my pity party, hope everybody else is training smart and safe.