Operation Skinny Jeans: I wanna run a half

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I wanna run a half

Sorry about falling off the Internet yesterday! All this gym time for Denver's Healthiest Companies is cutting into my blogging time lol.

Good news is, it ends today! I find out tonight if our team won! 

So I have been thinking about my longer term goals, and I want to run a half. Yes I haven't even run a full 5K yet, but I am getting there. There is a race here next August called the Georgetown to Idaho Springs half and it is completely down hill. Cheating? Maybe, but it's also in the mountains so less oxygen. 

Either way I know it's a lofty goal, but it's something to shoot toward. 

Have you ever run a half? Any tips? Think I could adequately train for it in 15 months?

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  1. You got this sister! I am running my first half (okay it's not my first I did one a couple years ago and never trained BIG MISTAKE) in September. You know I figured in celebration of my 28th year of birth I would run a half ;) It is totally doable and I know that you are going to rock that half! I am rooting for you! I use Hal Higdon's training plans which range from novice to intermediate.

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  2. You could totally do it! You have plenty of time. I want to run a half too... maybe I can meet you there? :)

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  3. Yay! How exciting! I decided I want to run a half too after I signed up for my 5k...I'm a looong way off from that but I want to run the Disney Princess Half after I run some local ones. We got this! I'll be cheering for ya!

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    1. I want to run the Disney Princess Half too! To be dressed up in costume would totally make running 13 miles fun. Right? No? Still would love to do it! :)

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  4. The walkjogrun App has a 14 week half marathon training schedule. It has plans for different class of runners, beginners, moderate and experienced runners. I am starting to use this app for my training. I seriously have NO DOUBT that you could train & run the half marathon in 15 months! You can totally do it!
    http://livewithcrystal.blogspot.com/

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  5. You got this!!! You will be ready in less than 15 months. Start off running slow. Make small goals. Like run a quarter of a mile today...and do that for a couple of days or a week. And then increase your distance. You can run really slow. Next week run half a mile every day...and then increase a half a mile every week. You can run really slow. That's what I do. I can go a lot faster on the elliptical (than the treadmill) but I don't know if that would prepare you for a 5k......You got this!!!! One run at a time!!!!

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  6. You can definitely be ready to run in 15 months! I'm doing my second half this Sunday and I follow Hal Higdon's training plans. He has different levels ranging from walking to advanced. They are easy to understand, and flexible so you can easily fit in your workouts around your schedule.

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  7. You can totally do it. I just ran my first one 2 weeks ago! It is seriously the most amazing feeling ever. :) Here's my blog post about it! http://kimakazie.blogspot.com/2013/05/i-ran-like-mother.html My suggestion is to just sign up for it and don't think too much about it! Just sign up and you're committed!

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  8. Hey Jess,

    Danny and I recently did a half (Tinkerball Half at Disneyland) and it wasn't so bad. We didn't train very well (or at all, really) and just did the half at the pace that felt good to us. We completed it in just over 3 hours. Things I did not anticiapte include how bored I got around mile 8 and how important it was to wear supportive running gear. Overall, we finished without any complications. We were sore but did ice baths after, rubbed on some tiger balm, took and nap and then were at the parks for the rest of the day.

    You can TOTALLY do this! Just don't push yourself too hard :) We are doing another Disney half in November and now we are really going to train. The first race was to tell ourselves we could do it, the second is to do it better.

    The only hesitation I have with your race is the fact that it is down hill. You would thing that it would make it easier, but the stress on your ankles/knees/hips/back is hard. We had a few uphils and downhills on our half and those were both the worse. If you really want to do a half, I would really advise doing it on flat ground for the first one.

    Best of luck!

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  9. Good luck to you! That's awesome news. I ran a half a few years ago (my first race ever), and it was brutal. I hadn't properly trained for it. Even though my time stank and I thought I was going to die, I felt so GOOD when I crossed the finish line. I'm doing the same half this year in December and cannot wait to blow that time out of the water. I say, GO FOR IT!

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  10. I absolutely do. I started out running 3 miles a day last July and ran a half marathon in March. It's completely doable! (Some people walk a lot of the half anyways, but once you get started, the adrenaline gets you through a lot of it.)

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  11. It's great to set longterm goals! I also have never done a 5k (yet) but would love to run a half someday. It's my longterm goal. I never want to run the full marathon. That's just too much running for me ;)Good luck Jess! You can do it!

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    1. Setting a goal is the first step! You've got this!!!

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  12. Oh you have plenty of time!!! You'll be surprised what your legs can do with some endurance training! Good luck! I am planning to run a 1/2 this summer. Stoked!

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