Sunday, November 3, 2013

Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans 1/2 Marathon - Let's get it started!


Gulp!
Today was officially Day 1 of Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans training.
And guess what?
I didn't run.
Oy.

Our college's soccer team advanced to the state championship yesterday afternoon, and today was their final game against our all-time arch enemy. I teach or have taught about 1/2 of the girls on the team, so I really wanted to be there.  The game was about an hour and a half away, so that pretty much took the afternoon light.  By the time we got home tonight, it was, of course, pitch black dark.  
Does the time change thing freak anybody else out as much as it does me?
Probably not.

I'm following the Beginner's Half-Marathon Training Plan, which is 12 weeks. 


Today I should have run 2 miles.
Rest on Monday.
And, then 3 miles on Tuesday.

Since our girls won the game in "brilliant" style as their Irish coach would say, I will happily run my 2 miles tomorrow and follow up with 3 on Tuesday.

I'm beyond excited about my first 1/2!!  

Any tips??


12 comments:

  1. I'm not sure. I've done a half, and I did take quite a bit longer than 12 weeks to prepare, because I'm old and have bad joints. Even though I took it easy and slow, I ended up maybe permanently hurting myself. Old, I tell you. I guess the best advice I would give is to stay vigilant to that training schedule. You won't be able to ALWAYS run on the same days, but you've got to get those miles in. Some other advice I was given was...if you can run 10, you can run 13. So train to 10. Get comfortable with it. Adrenaline and determination will get you through those last three.

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  2. Thanks, Sandy :) I've been running since last January and have already been sidelined twice, so I totally get "old." I also psyche myself out. Even if I'm not injured, my mind gives up a long time before my body does, so I've got to work on that for sure. My first run after my shoulder/neck nerve issue I ran so much and so hard that I could barely move the next day, and I was sure that I had shin splints. I didn't, but I had to stop again for a week to fully recover from the damage I'd done to myself just bc I got carried away. Oy.

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  3. None since I'm not a runner. Haven't been since high school. Good luck though. I could ask Pricilla - she kicks her hooves up now and again ;)

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    1. I'd love to have as much energy as Priscilla!! :)

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  4. Wow! You are ambitious. I am trying to train (just enough) to run 5ks more comfortably. Best of luck to you!

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    1. Suko, my oldest daughter is running this 1/2 marathon with me, so I've got extra incentive :) I've still got some work on my 5Ks as well...I'm slow as a turtle slogging through molasses :P

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  5. How exciting to be training for your first half marathon! I've run some half marathons. One thing I try to be careful about is not to run through pain, but to take a break when it's needed. Sometimes that's hard when you have miles on your running schedule that you want to run, though!

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    1. Thanks, Tina...it is definitely hard to stop when you know you should but you get so caught up in the high. I overdid it on one of my post recovery runs, and my shins still aren't the same...hopefully, I've learned my lesson and won't do that again. I may run on a treadmill for another week or so just to give my shins a little more cushion.

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  6. The thing about training programs is that they aren't set in stone. It really is just a guide and can be adjusted accordingly. I'm always amazed at how many people get out and run a marathon every weekend. Most of them spend months training for the race. You can definitely shuffle workouts around depending on your own schedule and you'll be fine. Best of luck!

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  7. Good luck! I have never done a race to date but I have it in my radar. I just started strength training recently and hope to start race training some time next year with the husband. We'll see how that goes.

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