A few people have inquired about my half marathon training schedule. Being the giver that I am, I thought I’d share some of my insights.

I was never a runner in high school. In fact, I was 5’4″ 170lbs at my heaviest. No, I’ll never post a single picture. I’d rather not relive it, thanks. In college I started becoming more active and actually started paying attention to what went into my mouth. Turns out, Doritos with American Cheese melted on top and a Mtn Dew to drink is not exactly the healthiest afternoon snack. Why didn’t anyone tell me?! And we wonder why so many American children are obese…

I didn’t start running regularly until 2006. Even then, it wasn’t anything over 1-2 miles, if that. Moving to Homewood was probably the best thing for me to do if I wanted to improve my running skillz (spelling it that way makes me feel cool).

Last year I ran my first 5K, which was an item on my Bucket List:

Sweaty, but happy!

It wasn’t until recently that I decided to tackle the half marathon. I guess I figured I was a pro after my stellar performance of 30:06 on my first 5K (I’m pretty sure I got lapped by a 90 year old and a man on stilts).

To start training for the half, I figured I should at least be able to to run a 10K. I stumbled upon About.com and will be finishing the 8 wk 10K training schedule next week.

Dave Keuhls’ book will be where I pick up next. In addition to that though, About.com also has a half marathon schedule that may be a good fit.

A few realizations so far:

1. Give yourself plenty of time to train. My work schedule is hectic. It has taken me about 10 weeks to complete an 8 wk training program as a result.

2. What you eat/drink the night before a run really does make a difference. I love wine. I learned quickly, however, that drinking the night before a run (especially a long run) pretty much results in side stitches and a pathetic performance. Everyone is different, but this is how my body reacts. Not to mention the dehydration… Uggh! Cotton mouth, much?

3. While t-shirts and cotton shorts are fine for starting out, there comes a point when you will embrace anything that doesn’t hold sweat like a sponge. Nike Dri Fit is my new best friend. Invest in some running gear… bonus points if it’s cute!

4. Don’t quit. No matter what pace you start out at or what road block you are faced with, don’t quit! The first time I ran anything over 3 miles, my only goal was to finish. Pace didn’t matter. There were days when I had the worst side stitches imaginable and my pace consisted of walk, run, jog, “ouch!”, “F*&%#!”, walk, jog. Doesn’t matter. Get to the finish line so that you can have someone take a horrible, sweaty picture just like the one above!

5. Lastly (NOT leastly): Tell people you are training. The more you publish it, the more committed you will be.

Carry on!

Thoughts? I'd love to hear them!