As I mentioned in my last post, this past summer I ran my first half-marathon. If you knew me in high school, or even in college you’d probably be surprised by this. I hated running. I remember I had to take an online jogging class for some PE credits in high school and by the end of the class you had to run one and a half miles and I thought I was going to die. Literally.
I don’t even really know when that all started to change. A couple of years ago I just decided to start running. Starting out very slowly. I’d run a mile or two. Then built up to where I was running 3 to 4 miles once or twice a week and then I decided to to a 10K. I though 6 miles was a big deal. After I did a few 10K’s I thought “hey, why not run a half-marathon?” I’d never run more than a 10K at one time (6.2 miles) so that was more than double the miles. The beginning of last summer I decided to start training. I looked up some training schedules that I thought would work for me as what I considered an “intermediate” runner. I wasn’t really a beginner but definitely not advanced .
One Saturday about half-way through my training I was doing a longer run, a 9-miler, and my foot started to hurt pretty badly. I, being stupid, just kept running. I was determined to finish my run. However by the time I got home the pain was really bad. I started researching on the internet and found that my symptoms were indicative of a stress fracture. A trip to the podiatrist resulted in confirmation of my fears, a 6 to 8 week break from running and a lovely foot-shaped sucker. Having completed half my training I was pretty devastated. I had finally committed to doing this and now I was going to have to start all over. From scratch. After not running for 2 months. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to make myself do it. But after that 2 months I got back out there and started running [with new, much better shoes]. A lot of times at 5:00 am in the morning in the dark through a creepy park…bad idea. Fortunately I have creepy parents who would sometimes trade off riding their bikes behind me while I ran on my longer runs. Who are the creepers now?
Anyways, that long [somewhat unnecessary] story was basically just leading up to me passing along my training schedule to you. If you are a runner now and can run about 6 miles fairly easily but haven’t attempted a half, this worked really well for me. If you’re a beginner you’ll probably want to start out a little slower with shorter runs and add a couple weeks onto your training schedule. If you’re more advanced, well, you’re probably laughing at me right now thinking “13.1 miles, please that’s nothing!” But we’re all in different places and hey, for me that was a big deal. So…hopefully at least some of you will find this helpful. I plan on doing another half sometime this summer. If you have any suggestions of fun races to do or want to do one with me, let me know…I’d love it! It’s always more fun to do them with friends!
Six Week Training Schedule