The 10K yesterday was so much fun! You all did so well! And just think, C25Kers. Next year, YOU’LL be out there!
I heard the clammer yesterday in person and on facebook today. A lot of you are thinking about what’s next. And for some of you, that will be the Iron Horse Half Marathon. I cannot tell you how excited this makes me. I love that race. For first time halfers and for repeaters. It will be a great time and we will train on the course a lot this summer so you will be ready. Never fear.
I wanted to talk to you a little about what to expect with a half. Just so you would be able to make an informed decision.
I have outlined a training plan for the half that started this week, but you do have little time before you have to commit. The first run longer than a 10K isn’t until September 1. So as long as you ran the 10K (or could comfortably do so), you have a few weeks before things ramp up.
A few notes on following a training plan:
- Be realistic. I know the plan calls for workouts most days, but that isn’t always possible. I personally plan on 5 runs a week, knowing that I will consistently make 4. And that’s okay for me. If I planned for 4? I’d probably make 3. So it is good for me to overshoot. If you are a more rigid schedule-follower, you may just want to plan as many as you know you can do. Shoot me an email if you want to talk about how to specifically tailor the plan to your schedule.
- The longs runs are absolutely necessary. The mid-week runs need to happen as well, but are a little more flexible. I read somewhere that the long runs make you able to complete the distance. The more shorter runs you get in, the more comfortable it will be. I believe that.
Other hints from me:
- Set yourself up for success. Commit to this distance only if you have the time to train, don’t let us peer pressure you.
- Believe in yourself. If you can run 4 miles today, you can do this race in October. You can.
- Make a plan. Put the training plan into your phone or google calendar. Find buddies to run with. Plan routes. Discuss options for childcare if necessary. Remove as many excuses as you can.
- Make a committment. Pay the race fee. Tell everyone you know that you are running a half-marathon. Post your training calendar on your fridge or at your desk (or both). Talk about it. People will ask you about it, and you want to be able to brag on yourself.
- Do not set a time goal. If this is your first half, your goal is to finish. And have a good time. With it being your first, any time is a Personal Best!
So, who’s in?
Anyone else have any other hints/tips?
(Also? I’m planing on getting specific LRL Iron Horse shirts for us to wear to the race. It will be EPIC. We even have a LexRunLady coming all the way from Kansas!0