In November I’m looking to complete another half marathon. This time I want to document part of the process by blogging/vlogging my journey. I need to be honest with you. Vlogging the process is something that I’m not quite sure how to do, but I’m going to give it a shot. I will make the content as informative and interesting for any of you out there that have always wondered what it would be like to run a half marathon. I won’t be doing weekly updates, but I will be doing vlogs every 3 weeks leading up to the race in November. For daily updates you can always go follow me on Instagram. Maybe you’ll get motivated to go at it as well!
In my opinion, running is a sport where you have to learn to train not only your body but also your mind. One thing is for sure. Every run is different, even if you run the same path over and over again. The fun part is getting through the process. The structure, the commitment, and getting to the finish line is the ultimate goal.
This last week I did have a good week where I’m slowly getting the body ready. I call it a pre-training phase where I get the body ready to run about 4 miles without any issues. I start by doing 30 minutes over 4-5 times per week. I slowly increase it to 35 minutes per day after two or three weeks. I then start my regular 12-week training program from halhigdon.com. I’m currently 17 weeks out and so I have another 5 weeks of building the foundation for my training program.
Summer training is tough, and depending where you live, it can be a scorcher. So make sure to account for the heat as you go out for your runs as well. Heat was a big factor for me this week. Remember that you need to hydrate! I was dying at the end of my Sunday run. I included a link below to my first vlog from my training so make sure to watch it.
For the next few weeks my strategy is to go up to no less than 35 minutes per day and to run outdoors as much as possible to get my body and mind more acclimated to the summer months.
The most important thing is to keep logging in your miles. It doesn’t matter if you walk or run, just get the miles in. Don’t let your ego stop you from accomplishing your goals!
Just get started and keep your eye on your overall goals. Until next time, I hope you have a stronger and healthier life!