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8-Week Half Marathon Training: Week 1 and 7 Mile Run!

I started my 8-week half marathon training program a few weeks ago and I actually had my first long run on the international national running day! I ran with my running buddy Jenny, who is also running the race with me. The longest I had ever run before this was 6.2 miles and that was over six months ago. I ran 5 miles the week before by myself, and I though I was about to die at the end there because of all the fog and wind! This got me thinking though, San Francisco is pretty foggy during June/July (yea, no summers here! Come back in September). And what if it’s foggy, windy and cold during my race? Shouldn’t I train for that then? I think that sounds like a good idea!

Part of the race is to run across Golden Gate Bridge and we really wanted to give it a test run. It’s probably something every San Francisco resident should do, just to experience it! Anyways, back to our training. I feel like a running distance always seems shorter if you know where you are going and how far so thats the goal of trying out the actual course. Hopefully the actual race will feel easier:) We met up down in the Marina and set off to run the bridge. It was 6pm, super foggy and pretty cold! Ok, here we go. We were supposed to do a 6 mile run that day, but ended up doing a 7 mile run and probably a 3 mile walk after it! Not really knowing where to go running towards the bridge, we had already done a good 4 miles when we started on the climb up. I was actually feeling pretty good at this point and I could tell the difference of running with someone! We had a steady pace and I think the fog and cold actually made my circulation better or at least it felt like my muscles were more relaxed. Golden Gate bridge is around 1.7 miles each way so by the time we came back, 7 miles had passed. I was surprised that the bridge wasn’t steeper going over. I remember I biked over to Sausalito a few years ago and it seemed like it was ALL uphill! However it was very windy and I totally felt like a badass for killing it in the windy fog.

Insert Golden Gate Bridge here...

Insert Golden Gate Bridge here…

 

8 week half marathon training, week 1 7 miles

How the bridge usually looks like…

8 week half marathon training, week 1 7 miles

On the other side where the sun is always shining!

We started to walk back and by the time we were back in the Marina (3-4 miles more), I was about to die again! I felt  like an old lady because I was hurting in my knees, hips and incredibly hungry! My goal for the next few runs is to figure out the food before, during and after in order to improve:)

All in all, proud to have climbed the bridge in all it’s foggy and windy glory! And to have completed 7 miles! What is on your bucket list for running location/distances?

How to do a 8-Week Half Marathon Training program!

8 week half marathon training plan

So, remember when I told you I signed up for the San Francisco Half Marathon? Well, I am currently should be training for it! When I signed up back in March, I was in pretty good shape and figured this race would be a piece of cake, come July. Then I went on vacation for a few weeks and then pollen happened! If you are in California, you have probably noticed some heavy pollen lately as well. It’s been extra crazy this year because of the drought. I mean, I love the sun, but we could use some rain over here!

Half Marathon across Golden Gate Bridge

Given that I am going to be running over here in less than two months, I figured I would start back up with training  hoping that I wasn’t too far gone… I did endless Google searches, read numerous blog posts, Runners World’s articles and you name it.  I even bough the Runner’s World Big book of Marathon and Half Marathon Training! And yea you guessed it, they all say different things. That is why I decided to make my own program that would fit into my schedule and fit my fitness level. I have taken pieces from all the different plans out there and tried to really take in all advice I have been given from previous half marathoners.

Some of my key take-aways from the research has been:

1. Listen to your body! You can deal with pain, cramps and whatever, but listen to your body if it tells you to stop. And ice will become your best friend!

2. Slow down! I was obsessed with my race time for a minute there. Even though I am very competitive and want to finish in a decent time, this is my first half and I should honestly be happy just to finish!:)

3. Try everything out in training! The reason you train is so that you can optimize for race day. You can figure out what kind of breakfast you should have. What kind of running tights/top/headband/other crazy gear works the best in the long run and what snacks to bring. Or in my case, tissues. Lot’s and lot’s of tissues. I don’t know why, but as soon as I start running even a block, my nose starts running. Super annoying and I don’t know why or maybe it’s the pollen. Anyways, I digress.

4. Never try anything new on race day! I refer back to point 3. I have heard so many stories of people just switching to new socks on race day and it has completely messed up their grove. No bueno.

5. Steady finished the race! Every single one I have talked to about doing my half has told me this. Run slower in the beginning of your race and keep a steady pace. It’s easy to shoot off for the first few miles because you are so ready and excited, but this will just wear you down.

Keeping this in mind, I have come up with my 8 week Half Marathon training plan!

Be aware that I have been running about 2-4 miles 3 times a week for quite some time so keep that in mind if you never really have run before. I would suggest spending longer time training for the race. I am also doing lot’s of hill training because I realized that the race is super hilly! Uh, yea….!

1st-Half-Marathon-Elevation-Profile

 

How do you train for a half marathon? Are you in training now?

The Color Run San Francisco 2014!

Yesterday I did the color run again! I did the color run back in 2012 and that was actually the first time I ran for more than 4 minutes straight! I had actually not planned on running the whole thing because we were just going for the color and the fun. Somehow I got “stuck” with two friends of my friends who were used to running half marathons so I don’t know what happened, but I guess the competitor in me set in because I ran the whole 5K with them! When we finished, I was so proud of myself. That’s when I started to believe that I could actually be a runner. Since then I have ran 3-4 mile (5-6KM) runs on a regular basis (and 10K over the holidays actually) and I am in much better shape. As I was running the course this time around, I took advantage of the moments and took some time to reflect for myself on how far I have come. If you are just starting out, I can really recommend the color run! There are people of all ages and all sizes participating and they don’t even track your time. Its a fun run, and the only requirement is that you have fun!

The color run this year was bigger and even better than last time around. We were also more prepared with a change of clothes, a towel for the seat in the car after and some snacks. After the run, they have a concert with music, dancing and lots and lots of color throws! And with San Francisco summer weather, it was a perfect Saturday!

Back view

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Front view

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Ready for the color throw (with a plastic bag on my phone)

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I signed up for the San Francisco Half Marathon!

Yes you read that right! I signed up for the San Francisco Half Marathon in July. I have been playing with the thought of a half marathon for quite a while now and I decided it was time not to be a chicken anymore! I was sold on the race when I saw I would be running across Golden Gate Bridge. I guess running across the bridge should be on everyones bucket list right? I admit, the awesome medal you get also helped. I am hoping for nice not to warm not to cold weather, but then again it starts at 5.32AM. Yes there is that. I did not see that until I signed up.

I have been running between 3-4 miles a few times a week for a while now so I think I will be able to train myself for this. Any good advice out there? Feel free to share!

San Francisco Half Marathon

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I hope I will have as much fun as these guys!

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