Half Marathon Training

I just started training for my third half marathon.  For each one, I have always followed this 10 week training schedule:

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This schedule is for individuals who can run for 30 minutes without stopping prior to starting.  For those who have very little to no running experience, there are 20 week or longer schedules out there to help you prep for those 13.1 miles.  I simply Googled training schedules and found a wealth of information!  I am still doing p90x and some Insanity, and this time around I am concentrating more on my speed so I’m trying sprints and interval runs as well.  I’m still figuring out how this will all work, but I’ll let you know when I nail down the perfect schedule!

Training hard last summer

Training hard last summer

I’ve never thought of myself as a “runner.”  You know the people who will run for fun or those who

can simply run for hours without much training?  That was definitely NOT me!  Yet, I continue to sign up for half marathons and other “fun runs” because I love the challenge and the reward.  Signing up for a run forces me to buckle down and stick to a training schedule, which produces some amazing results in a relatively short amount of time.  Over time, however, I have come to enjoy running as a form of stress relief, as a way to carve out time to clear my head and listen to music.

 

A group of coworkers motivated each other to complete the Columbia Gorge Half Marathon in Oct. 2012

A group of coworkers and friends motivated each other to complete the Columbia Gorge Half Marathon in Oct. 2012

I have several friends who love to run, so running can either be social and a way to spend time getting fit with others, or something I can do alone in a challenge to beat my previous times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from the Fremont Bridge during Portland's Bridge to Brew Run in 2012

View from the Fremont Bridge during Portland’s Bridge to Brew Run in 2012

Seeking out runs in other cities has given me the opportunity to explore gorgeous parts of Oregon that I may not have seen otherwise.  Various runs around Portland have let me see my own city from new and exciting points as well!

Columbia River Gorge Half Marathon

Columbia River Gorge Half Marathon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thousands of running buds at the Shamrock Run 2012

Thousands of running buds at the Shamrock Run 2012

It also doesn’t hurt that many of the runs in Portland end in super fun gatherings that involve craft beer, live music, and folks dressed up in all kinds of costumes!

 

 

I will be running the Shamrock 15k on St. Patty’s Day (March) and the Vernonia Half Marathon in April.  I will keep you posted on my training!  🙂

2012 Shamrock run medals were bottle openers :-)

2012 Shamrock run medals were bottle openers 🙂

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