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I Signed up for the San Francisco Half Marathon! Again!

I did it again! I signed up for the San Francisco Half Marathon. Last year I went to BlogHer right before my race and prepped really nicely horribly with hard concrete conference floors and wine for days right before my race. Mhm! You read that right. I came home around 8.30PM Saturday and got up 4.30AM the next day a few hours later to run the race. Needless to say, it was not my best decision or race, but it was my first one and I finished! And who can resist this view during a race?

San Francisco MarathonI am going to BlogHer again this year as well (yay for New York!), but I checked the schedule and it finishes up a week before :) Which reminds me, I should do a recap of last year if anybody is interested? It was my first big blogging conference and I really liked it!

Last year was also my first time running a half marathon, which you can read more about here and here. I haven’t been working out as much as I did around this time last year, but I feel more prepared this time around just knowing that I am actually able to cover the distance without passing out!? I’ll be using April to get back into pre-race-training shape. Anyone else running a half marathon this spring/summer?

I created a 8 Week Half Marathon Training Program last year and I think I’ll use the same thing this time around with a few tweaks her and there. I really want to improve my time from last year so I think I’ll add more strength exercises in there too. Any extra advice on preparing for my next big race? I am going to make a 30 day prep plan and then tweak my running plan. Keep an eye out for the full plan soon :)

8 week half marathon training planUntil Next Time, Hadet På Badet!

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I ran my first Half Marathon!

San Francisco Half MarathonOn the last weekend of July, I ran my first half marathon! 13.1 miles, 22 kilometers. I know a lot of people run half marathons these days, but to me this has been and still is a big deal! I signed up back in March and at that time I was in really good shape. It turns out after months of vacation, pollen allergy, starting a new job and lack of motivation, not so much! You can read more about my last weeks of training here. After a three day conference, stomping around on concrete floors with flat sandals, with limited sleep and some extra wine I set my alarm to 4.30AM on a sunday morning to run my race.

Before the race, I had run 10 miles at the most and even though I was confident I would finish, I was still nervous! Once you start telling people you’re doing something like this, they feel compelled to tell you all the horror stories! Why is that? I have heard stories of people getting injured, having the “runners run” both before, during and right after the race (Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is!) and many more disturbing scenarios. I was actually more worried about anything weird like this happening, than actually running 13.1 miles!

So back to my race morning, I got up at 4.30AM (why would anyone do that?) and after gobbling down an egg, I walked down to meet my friend Jenny at the starting area. We thought we would be running together but turned out we were in different waves, major bummer! I got lined up in my wave and took a look around me. It was 6AM and the sunrise was beautiful! I tried to just take a moment to really appreciate what I was about to do even though I was filled with butterflies. The start gun went off, and I started running.

San Francisco Marathon

San Francisco Marathon

The one thing everyone has told me was to go slow in the beginning. Go slow and steady, that’s how you win the race. So, I tried not to be discourraged by people passing me and held a steady pace.  Mile 1-3 was pretty easy, flat and comfortable. Then at mile 3, my knees started to ache. What was this? They hadn’t really done that during training. Probably those concrete conference floors…Not being able to do anything about it, I just kept going and tried to change up my stride once in a while. Mile 4-5 was pretty good and I felt like I had found my stride. The first hill was in front of me and I powered through it. The change in incline was actually doing my knees some good.

San Francisco Marathon

After mile 5, I started the steepest incline up to the bridge and decided to walk fast during the steepest uphill instead of jogging. I actually think I was able to keep the same pace as the rest of the people because I am 5.9, with long ass legs. Win! I had imagined in advance that running over the Golden Gate Bridge would be somewhat magical, and it was the first time it did it for training, but during the race it was a little different. They blocked off three lanes on the right side of the bridge for us to run both going there and coming back. In other words it was kind of crowded and so far down from the sidewalk edge that you couldn’t really see anything…

San Francisco Marathon

After the bridge I knew we were at 10 miles+ and it was just for me to finish! That’s really when the big portion of the uphills really start (insert face palm) Although, there is one long downhill in the middle there! People told me to go slow on the downhill so I wouldn’t hurt my knees, but I figured I was hurting anyways and I just wanted to finish, so I killed that downhill! This is when I started to realize that I was almost done! I had ran 12 miles all by myself!

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That’s San Francisco for you…

San Francisco Half Marathon

I had my Fitbit tracking my distance as I was running, but I knew it was a little off so when it hit 13.1, I still had a little to go. In my mind though I thought I had a lot longer than I did, so when I saw that finish line, I felt a huge relief! I was done! I had completed 13.1 Miles, a half marathon! And then all of a sudden I didn’t feel as tired anymore! Weird huh?

San Francisco Half Marathon

Key take-aways?

– It’s all mental!

– Unforeseen things might happen!

– Testing out the entire course in advance (in pieces) was the best thing I ever did in training!

 Have you ever done a half marathon? How was it?

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….!

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

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!

ImageI mean, this is cool!