Hi, I am a newbie here.
I am signing up to run my very first half marathon in September 4th (Disneyland half marathon), I have been trying to build up my running little by little but have some questions for all of you experienced "halfer's" out there. Here goes...
The earlier you start, the better you'll do right? Already at 7 miles with 34 weeks to go??? Like, that should be no problem at all ...
I've seen the maps generated by those GPS watches ... I wouldn't trust one for "accurate" numbers. I map out my courses online if I want to know the detailed mileage afterwards. Unless you run some place with no tall buildings or trees nearby.
Running groups are a good way to feel motivated, meet people, and learn new exercises. But you can read about various training strategies all over the web or from books, thought it's not quite as social or motivating perhaps.
MP3 players -- most events say "not allowed" but everyone has them. I think it's just a legal defense for the organizers (understandably).
Shin splits, depends on how bad you've got them ... Try walking for a while before running, and starting your runs very slowly. It may take some time to work past the shin splits long term.
Losing weight is more about proper diet than healthy exercise. You burn some calories exercising, and you raise your average metabolism, but if you run the # of calories vs a ounce of fat ... well, the joke is that a cookie is a one hour run! ^_^ It's better to be healthy and have some excess, rather than thin but not exercise.
Just Do It!
I will be training for my first half-marathon this year too but I've been running for a little over a year...
I use mapmyrun.com for tracking my distance and to keep track of my training. Love that site. I don't have a GPS watch because I've heard a lot of mixed reviews and I really don't think it's worth the money. I plan to get a good ol' inexpensive digital watch with a stop watch capability from like Walmart soon to help me keep track of time. I hear those are more reliable than the expensive watches.
As for losing weight, I've learned through experience and through research that running is an okay way to lose weight but not the greatest. Like anything else, your body will hit a plateau when it comes to weightloss and running. Every other day, I do some sort of cross training and cardio in conjunction with strength training to maintain a lean and strong appearance and to shed any extra pounds that I don't want to carry on a run.
As for iPods, I can run with or without one but honestly, I need mine on a long run. I prefer it. And yes, I plan to run with mine during my half-marathon. Like the previous poster said, it's a matter of safety and liability, but people sneak them in and still run with them. Just be careful if you're in an area with a lot of traffic.
I've been thinking about joining a running club to help me train, but quite frankly, I like to run alone and I don't really have an issue with motivation. I figure a running club could be helpful to guide your training and to stay motivated, but laying out a well thought out schedule could help you to stay motivated as well.
Even though my training for the half doesn't officially start until June (my half is in October), I have many other goals between now and then. I'm working on gaining speed so I'm on a 12 week interval training plan right now. After that, I'm going to work on training for a 10k. There are other goals you can work on in the meantime. Maybe it's building flexibility, strength training, speed, etc.
Completed Races 2012:
Rock and Roll USA Half Marathon, 02:54:26 (1st run POST injury)
Cherry Blossom 10-Miler, 01:49:00
Upcoming Races 2012:
IronGirl Half Marathon, 4/29/12
Frederick Half Marathon, 5/6/12
Atlantic City International Sprint Tri, 09/17/12
Rock and Roll Philly Half Marathon, 09/18/12
Baltimore Half Marathon, 10/13/12
Marine Corps Marathon, 10/28/12
ING NYC Marathon, 11/4/12
Personal Record from 2011:
Teach, Learn, Play 5k, 10/02/11 00:26:57 (PR)
Marine Corps Marathon 10k, 10/30/11 01:05:38 (PR)
Baltimore Half Marathon, 10/15/11, 02:24:15 (PR)
A couple things I will add.
- I have a Garmin 305 - with Heartrate monitor. I LOVE IT... you are eitehr gonna like them or not... I am in the boat that loves it. It is very acurate and good to log your run - you can then look and analyze your training online as to speed - distance - HR and much more - I love it. I think it has helped me in my pace as I really work on HR more than my overall pace so that I can control my tempo.
- I 100% use my IPOD - jsut run toward traffic and learn how to dodge cars if needed - but I have to on runs over a few miles or I get sort of de-energized at times.
- I use Hal Higdons guides... He has 3 half marathon running programs you can google and get for free and a walking one - follow it - you will improve.
and for losing weight - It comes with Diet also, but if you are dedicated dont be too mad if you gain a lb or two - it very well is muscle build up which weighs more then the flub.
Hope that helps and if not - ummmm blame the poster before me...
"Run because you like it.. or because a big dog is chasing you"
2nd full year of Running. I have successfuly finished 6 5K's and 2 10K's in my first year.
PR:5K 27:20 10K 56:04
2011 Events - 1 want to do at least 10
2/5/2011 - Tackle the Tower - 40 Floor Stair run in Cleveland - 7:13
3/6/2011 - Shamrock 15K (9.5miles) - Cuy Falls 1:31
4/9/2011 - Poratge Run to the Beach 5k PR: 25:50
5/15/2011 Cleveland 1/2 Marathon 2:12
6/18/2011 Autism Society 5K Akron Ohio
6/26/2011 Achievement Centers 10K - Cleveland Hieghts
9/11/2011 Chicago 1/2 Marathon
10/16/2011 Columbus 1/2 marathon