#fitness friday: new year’s resolution: increase distance & swiftwick review

by Barb on January 18, 2013

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Long Run at local wildlife refuge

Preparing for a Half Marathon, or Two

As part of my goal to run 13 races in 2013, I decided to tackle at least one half marathon this year. While I’ve only been running recently for almost a year, I used to run longer distances when I only had a few kids. My first race about 14 years ago was the A to Z 10 mile run, a race that is no longer around.

I knew I would have to increase my mileage in order to finish the half marathon. The most I’ve been able to do in the past year is 7 miles as part of 20 miles during the week. I did some research on training for a half marathon including pace for the weekly long run, and then started building my mileage. I know that winter may throw some obstacles in my way though I’m looking forward to meeting the challenge.

I’m fortunate to have a fresh water marsh/wildlife refuge run by the federal government near by. The trails are always well-maintained, and the refuge is relatively flat. Depending on how I run the trails, it’s pretty easy to do 8 miles out and back along with adding on mileage.

Last week, I ran 7.25 miles. Granted it was after doing a 1.5 hour boot camp session the day, however, I hit a wall around 6 miles and then got my second wind. I was pretty tired for the rest of the day. This time, I skipped the boot camp, and tried a new strategy.

I knew I needed to slow down for the long run with my pace between 10 and 11 minutes per mile. I ran the first 2 miles and then walked for a minute at the start of the 3rd mile and continued to walk for a minute at the beginning of each mile. This time, I didn’t hit a wall and I ended my 8.46 miles feeling pretty good. My pace per mile was 10:10.

#Swiftwick socks #13in2013

Say Hello to My New friend, Swiftwick socks

I wore these Swiftwick socks during last Sunday’s long run. I won them through a giveaway in December on Fitness, Health and Happiness. I LOVED them! My legs stayed fresh during the run, and my recovery was much better than previous recoveries. At $12.99/pair, these are a great deal for ensuring I stay fresh and energized for my half marathon goal.

Tomorrow, I am doing my first race for 2013, the winter Pickle Run series. The race is a trail run that takes place at a local state park. I will be wearing my Swiftwick socks again to see if they help me do well during the race and recover quickly afterwards.

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After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness January 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

Love Swiftwick! I’ve even started wearing them to work every now and then :)

Enjoy the Winter Pickle Run!
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Andrea @ From Florida to North Dakota January 18, 2013 at 10:18 am

Good luck on your race tomorrow!!


Andrea @ From Florida to North Dakota January 18, 2013 at 10:20 am

Just looked at the winter Pickle Series, just about died laughing at the poems people wrote about “playing with their pickle.” :)
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Barb January 19, 2013 at 9:21 am

LOL – That’s why I’m looking forward to the race! It’s a hoot!


Stacy Uncorked January 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

Good luck on your race tomorrow! Looking forward to reading all about it. ;)
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lesa January 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Good luck on your race. I have never been much of a runner, but I have started a new fitness goal of trying to do at least 4 miles a day on my exercise bike. Ultimately, I would like to get to 10, but for now I am doing baby steps :)
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Becca January 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Sounds like you have a solid plan. I have to give credit to those who can run, because I certainly can’t!
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Xandra January 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Have fun tomorrow! It’s so much easier to motivate yourself when you’ve got a beautiful place to run!
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Cynthia January 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I have not ran in years. I really miss it. Bad knees and I just gave up. It is funny seeing your pictures, I want to get out there and run. Good luck on your 1/2 marathon. I look forward to reading about your journey to prepare for it.
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Sheila January 19, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Barb, when running through the marsh, don’t run with headphones on, if you are running by yourself. I don’t think it is safe for women to do that, IMO.
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Barb January 21, 2013 at 6:48 am

Yes, you’re right. I’m actually thinking about getting a can of mace to carry with me. I feel mostly safe around the main loop, not so much when I go farther out. There’s also wildlife to look out for. The Canada geese are very protective of their young in the spring, not to mention the snapping turtles.


Kelly January 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I have been wanting to try trail running myself. Unfortunately there aren’t too many trail runs in my area. Though I am looking forward to hearing about your race.
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Barb January 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Is it too suburban where you are? Even though we’re right outside Philly, we have a state park near by, plus a federal wildlife refuge, college campuses with woods, and that’s just off the top of my head. Maybe once or twice a month, you could go a little farther and hit a trail.


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