Just joined this forum today. Looking for advice and community (my non-running co-workers are sick of me and my newly 'one-note' conversations).
I'm one month away from my first half-marathon (National Half in DC, 3/26)
My farthest race prior has been 10K. I've been following Hal Higdon's intermediate training program since Thanksgiving and hit 12 miles (indoor track, I'm a cold and windy weather wimp) at a pace I'll be happy with on race day (understanding conditions won't be indoor track like).
Getting a little anxious, a little excited. Just wondering how to make the best use of my last month of training without risking injury or burn out. Would love any/all suggestions and advice. I've followed the program pretty much to the letter on my own. Hit a wall 2 weeks ago (maybe just tired?) but am back on track.
Also -- have found running to be a little bit isolating as my distances have increased. So it would just be great to chat with anyone else who is training on their own, training for their first half or the running the DC race.
Stay the course, keep on the plan. Try to get outside for some of your runs. My A race for this spring is coming Mar 20, so I am hitting it hard, Long runs left for me. Half Marathon trail run this week-end, 2 hours on Mar 4, and 8 miles on 12 Mar. Good luck
I agree - start working some outside time. Most of the snow should be gone shortly and you'll need time to adjust to street running vs treadmill running. Other than that - just keep doing what you're doing. Good luck!!
First, of course, follow the plan. Get outside if only to figure out what to wear for the race. Hopefully you've been working on hydration and/or fueling and have a plan for handling that during the race. As for your bad run - "there will be bad days". But you've put that behind you so forget about it.
Look around for running groups after the race that you can train with sometimes. You may find some at the race expo and at local running stores. If you're in the DC area, I know from friends who live there that there are quite a few.
Thanks for the suggestions - I ran outside both days last weekend and one other 'snow free' weekend this year, but am hoping to transition to every Sat in March. I've also planned to start getting up earlier (race starts at 7 a.m) instead of running in the afternoon which I like better. I read today that Poweraide is the sports drink served, so I guess I'll start using that in my training runs. I've only done water so far in my building mileage but maybe that is why I'm finding I'm a bit depleted by the end? I'm hoping 2:15-2:20 finish time (2:30 at the outside) so am not sure I need to do more than fluids.
Also - I'm unclear about the whole 'points system' tied to answers (new here) so ............
But thanks again. Sticking to the plan.