My Latest Bad Decision; I’m Running A Half-Marathon

Well, as the title says, a friend has convinced me yesterday to run a half marathon with him. Honestly, I’m still a little unsure of my abilities to complete the race, but as pumped as he was to run it, it certainly made me want to begin training for it.

I haven’t run seriously since about June of 2013, literally over a year ago. And even then, the most I could run at a time was ~3.5 miles.
This half marathon is in about 5 months, so that’s all the time I have to prepare for it. I tried to get out and run this morning, 3 miles.
Let me just say, this was a terrible idea.

I was unable to complete the run, stopping at just about 1.64 miles. Everything hurt, my chest, my legs, my pride. But I wasn’t completely defeated. This was slightly expected. You can’t just take a full year off and expect to be at your previous peak. As such, it was motivating. I refuse to dwell on this failure. My initial plan was to run 3 miles every other day this week, but that’s probably not going to happen. So this week’s plan is to run at least 1.5 miles everyday, ideally 2 miles (if I have it in me). After I can get to 2 miles per day at least 5 days a week (hopefully I’ll be to this within the next 1-2 weeks *queue high expectations*), I’ll work on running 3 miles a day, every other day, with a ~4 mile run on the weekends.

I know that 13.1 miles in 5 months is a lot to ask for, but I’m so motivated for this.

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One thought on “My Latest Bad Decision; I’m Running A Half-Marathon

  1. Good for you for getting back out there and tackling a half marathon! I ran my first half in November after running for about a year, and I started training in August, but I took a month and a half off in September because I just didn’t want to run and I was being lazy. All that being said, stick with your training and it will make the race much easier! If you need a “plan” to help you reach your goals, check out hal higdon’s training plans. I follow those and they work spectacularly for getting you comfortable with running that distance before the race. Good luck and enjoy the journey!

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