The Ups and Downs of Half- Marathon Training: 4 Things I’ve Learned So Far
Only two months remain (or 62 days if we’re being exact) until my first half-marathon! I’m about halfway through my training plan now, and the mileage is really picking up. A few weeks back, I shared my 5 Training Tips from a Half-Marathon Newbie. Today I have a few more revelations to add; learning never ceases!
1) Listen to Your Body
I hit a bit of a wall last week. My legs were aching, I was exhausted from my cross-provincial trek on the weekend, and my motivation to run was nil. So what did I do? I look a week off of training. Le gasp! The tricky thing about training plans is that they seem so regimented; like you can’t deviate. This article does a great job at explaining how important breaks can be for peak performance, and convinced me that listening to my body was the right thing to do.
2) Stretch- no excuses!
Yes, stretching takes up precious minutes pre and post run and it can be tricky to fit it in when crunched for time. Despite this, it is so important! This article gives a few examples of stretches you can do before and after your run. So far, I have been pretty good about stretching as I wait for the shower water to warm up, and usually stretch a bit in to shower (it’s a great time saver). I’m resolving to do more dynamic stretches before my run to get my muscles warm, from now on.
3) Switch Things Up
I’ll admit that I might have been getting a bit bored with my training program. Luckily, this week I started doing hill training, which is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. I found a great hill near my house and killed the hill repeats! Another thing I was slacking on was cross-training, which is also a likely reason for me being sore. I have reintroduced some solo spinning into my training, and I already feel better
I have found that when motivation is lacking, a bit of visualization can help. I have been picturing the funny signs I am likely to see on the route, what I’m going to wear on the big day (so much temptation), and crossing the finish line with my aunt; pretty powerful motivators
Bonus Running Funny: Woman Snaps Selfies with Unsuspecting Hotties During New York Marathon
Disclaimer: I am not an expert, all information here is based on my own experience. Please consult your healthcare provider before staring any new fitness regimen.
I’m linking this post up with Fit Tip Tuesdays!