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.
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.