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half marathon training: day 4

Wish I could come up with some more clever titles for these training entries but I just want to be sure that you’re easily keeping track of the days that are devoted to training. So for now: “Half Marathon Training: Day 4”. For both 5k trainers and half marathon trainers, today marks the last training day of week 1; so if you make it through your workout today, CONGRATULATIONS! You made it through one week! Only 9 more to go 🙂 Here’s what we’ve got:

Half Marathon: run or run/walk 4 miles. Doesn’t matter how long it takes you. Don’t stop ’til you get to 4.

5K: Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Contrary to the Half Marathoners, doesn’t matter how FAR you get, just make sure you don’t stop until you finish 20 minutes.

That’s it! We’re heading out right now to get our 4 miles in. Brad and I are running today on the beach. He claims it’s low tide. We’ll see about that….

 

Half marathon training: day 2 & 3

Good morning runners! Ready to tackle day 3 of official half marathon training? I can’t hear yooouu… was that a resounding yes? Good. That’s the response I’m looking for. Actually for you 5k trainers this is your day 2, since you’re only going to run 3 times a week. So here’s what we’ve got on the menu today:

Half marathon: 3 miles. Doesn’t matter how long it takes, or if you employ a run-walk-run method. Don’t stop until you get to 3.

5k: Brisk 5 minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking. Do this for a total of 20 minutes + the 5 minute warm-up. Remember that for right now it doesn’t matter how far you go, it just matters that you keep going for all 25 minutes.

Easy as pie. Miraculously Brad and I got up this morning and got our run in before work. That is completely rare. Must be a sign of good things to come. I would suggest that you do your training runs early in the morning as much as possible. The reason being twofold. One: it’s nice to get it out of the way before unexpected meetings or late nights at the office sabotage your schedule. Two: (and this is even more important) because the actual half marathon and 5k start at 6:00am. The more you train your body to exercise that early, the better you’ll perform on race day. Muscles and breath capacity are very different in the morning when you’ve just woken up. Get them used to the early bird shock.

That’s all for now friends. You’ll probably be hearing from me again later today. I’ve got some running smartphone app reviews I want to put out there. There’s just so much to write about!