I’m officially at the halfway point for my half marathon training. In eight weeks, I will be crossing the finish line of the biggest physical challenge of my life and I’m so excited. My body keeps surprising me on the distances it can do, starting at three miles and now I can run eight.
It has taken a lot of work to be able to hit my distances. Training hasn’t always been an easy road. Over the past eight weeks, there have been a few setbacks including the death cold, patellofemoral syndrome and some digestive issues. Thankfully, my body never gave up on my goal and despite the issues it kept going.
On a typical week, my training consists of two short runs (5 miles), one long run (between 7 and 12 miles), two cross training days (typically weight training, biking or elliptical) and a couple hot yoga sessions. With this diverse training, my body has the opportunity to never get bored. But it does have the opportunity to wear out and get tired.
Here’s what I’ve been doing to survive this busy schedule:
- Sleep: I’m finding myself heading to bed a lot earlier in the evening. I need at least 8 hours of sleep to make it through a regular day.
- Eat the right food: I’m constantly hungry and when I choose the right foods, it makes a big difference on my energy during my runs.
- Take time to live: Running is not my life. It’s just something I enjoy and I need to remember I have a life outside of running, it includes work, spending time with my husband and hanging with my friends.
Training for a half marathon is a BIG commitment, but it doesn’t have to be scary or consume your life. You will have to make sacrifices but it will be all worth it (I HOPE) when you cross the finish line. The biggest thing that makes this possible is all your support. I wouldn’t be able to do this without your encouraging reminders. Thank you all!
“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” -Jesse Owens, 4-time Olympic Gold medalist at the 1936 Olympics