Training For My First Half Marathon

5:39 AM Mary Conley 1 Comments

Completing a half marathon has been on my bucket list for quite a few years, at some point in my life I wanted to complete this race. I never have had a desire to run a full marathon because running for over 20 miles just sounds absurd to me. I also never have had a desire to do any sort of race because waking up early, trying to find parking and finding my way through large crowds of people just isn’t my cup of tea. Then I had a baby and I really thought I missed my window to run a race. I assumed I’d have to wait till I was done having kids to physically become strong enough to run 13.1 mile. 

Last spring I attended a St. Jude Blogger Ambassador meeting and we got to talking about and fitness and the St. Jude Marathon. Shortly after this meeting I was invited to participate in the St. Jude race, running a distance of my choice as part of the St. Jude Marathon Bloggers team! This was just what I needed to push myself to run a half marathon. I could have taken the easy route and done a 5K or 10K but I knew if I committed to running the half marathon on a St. Jude team I wouldn’t back down! 
I have been following the Hal Higdon Half Marathon Training Guide - Novice 1, which is a 12-week program that has you running 3 days a week. Over the summer I did a lot of strength training but not much running. During my strength workouts some days I did high intensity interval training so I was getting my heart rate up and getting my cardio in. That is not the same as running! Before my 12 week training began I did a few 3 miles once or twice a week to get my body used to running again. I was shocked that I wasn’t sore the days following my runs. In the past my legs would always be sore after a run so I know I have my strength training to thank for that. 
 I have registered as the Half Marathon Gold which means I committed to raising $2,500.00 for St. Jude and I would love your help! You can click below to donate.
 Rio joined me for my first few runs but he is actually a terrible running partner. I feel bad because he is so sad when I make him stay home but he stops all the time to smell and to do his business. On some small runs I could take him off his leash but too many people are scared of him for me to do that all the time. I have been training with Myles 2-3 times a week. Saturdays are my long runs but it is getting harder and harder to push Myles as my distance increases. I may need to hire a sitter on Saturday mornings so I don’t have to push Myles 7+ miles!
The Breakdown:

I took these photos last week prior to getting fitted for my race sneakers. These shoes I’m wearing here aren’t ideal for running long distances because they don’t have a lot of support. I now have these shoes and I ran in them for my first time yesterday and they felt great! When it was really hot I wore shorts a tank but before the run was over I took my tank off. Now the weather has cooled off I’m wearing pants, long sleeves, gloves and ear warmers!

I would love any advice you runners have to offer to help me prepare for the big day!!! Do I need to change my diet? What about what to wear on race day? I heard when people take off their layers they throw them down and those items get donated. So is it best not to wear your favorite jacket?

Don’t forget to DONATE!

bra | Carbon38 ‘Ace Bra’  (black version)
pants | Carbon38 ‘Hero Legging’  (black version)
shoes | Nike ‘Lunarepic Low Flyknit 2’ 

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  1. Last time I signed up to run the Memphis half was when they had canceled it because of ice and the cold weather. I was so mad. I trained for months and carb loaded on pancakes at Perkins. So I got up and put 3 layers on (it was 11 degrees out) and attached my bib number. I then proceeded to run every street and cove in Southwind. I think it took me 2 and a half hours. My husband had to bring me gatorade around mile 7 on Classic dr. He then proceeded to blast eye of the tiger as I kept on running. Since then I have done 3 halfs in Nashville as a hero. Bring gu for yourself. They pass some out on the course but when I was hungry it helped. I take an imodium like 2 hours before the race. Your will find after having a baby that you might need to stop and use the restroom during the race. Your bladder is never the same. Don't use too many layers unless it is really really cold. And make sure you walk later in the afternoon and the next day to help with soreness.

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