Training for my second half-marathon begins in a few weeks.
Training this season is an entirely different ballgame. At the beginning of training for Columbia Iron Girl, I honestly wasn’t sure if I was capable of running for 13.1 miles. Now, with Columbia behind me — I know that I can rock the distance. It’s all about rocking it stronger. Boyyyy do I feel like I will be starting on the right foot.
My hip issues were a blessing in disguise. I know, that sounds crazy… But hear me out. Before I started experiencing pain, I was focusing on strengthening only my core and upper body. I hardly paid any mind to the lower body. I’ve always had strong, powerful legs — it never occurred to me that my hips and glutes may be extremely weak. Since focusing on listening to my body, and balancing my strength training; the aches & pains I feel while running are very minimal, if they appear at all.
One thing that totally excites me: THIS COURSE IS FRIGGIN FLAT!!! Columbia is hilly, and I knew that going in… But I didn’t know HOW hilly it really was. That was a rude rude RUDE wake up call.
I’ve designed a plan of attack that I’m
hoping confident will bring me to the finish line stronger, faster, more confident and most importantly less miserable. (The last 4ish miles of Columbia I would have rather be hit by a car than continue running)
- Listen to my body. The first time around, I was so focused on getting in my miles, following my training as close to 100% as possible. I ignored the aches & pains. I ignored the huge red flags. As a result, I crossed the finish line with the beginning to my hip issues. Issues that I am still working to correct.
- Run with a group. Having just moved to Baltimore I didn’t know very many people, and the group runs that were held at Charm City Run intimidated me for that reason, and the fact that I was slow. This time I’m not letting that interfere. I’ve grown to know many of the employees, and runners in the community. No one cares if I’m in the back of the pack. It’s all in my head… Plus, running with faster people is known to help speed up a runner. Feeling the need to keep up with the mid-front of the pack will give me the boost I need.
- Continue to strengthen the hip abductors. I can’t afford to allow my body to break down again. I’m being pro-active this go around. Flying Pig FULL Marathon training begins shortly after San Antonio. I’m planning to use this training as a way to go into Marathon training the strongest I’ve ever been in my life. Physically, Mentally, Emotionally.
- Don’t Race to Train. Train to Race. I’m still learning the whole, long run pace thing. Pacing myself is something I’ve always had a problem with. I used to be a sprinter, on the track team. Ya know, go all out as hard as you can for a short period of time. The whole ‘conserving your energy’ thing — lost on me. But I’m learning. I love seeing a fast pace on my garmin and seeing how long I can hold it… It doesn’t end well when I can hold it until the point of puking for 4 miles, and I still have 4 more to go for the day…. heh.
- More Water, Less Sugar. I am sort of kind of addicted to Mt Dew. It’s disgusting and awful… Its literally eating away at my soul, I know!!! But — I’ve cut back significantly. By the time I start training for San Antonio, I want to have it cut out entirely. I want to only be drinking 100% juices, water, and sports drinks. No more sugary crap that is hurting my body and my runs.
- Foam Roll. Yoga. More Yoga. I felt, super limber & awesome during my 30 day yoga challenge. While I’m not going to say I’ll do yoga EVERY day during training (because well thats not realistic for me. I just wont be able to keep up with it 7 days a week for 12 weeks) I AM going to do it at least 3 days a week through all 12 weeks of training. A limber runner, is a happy runner.
- Spend more time outside of my comfort zone. I discussed this in a post a few weeks ago. I run comfortably about 80% of the time. That isn’t going to get me very far now is it? Exactly. Time to let it hurt for longer periods of time. I’ve been doing speed work, and it hurts.. for like 30 minutes.. But I’m going to step it up a notch. Speed workouts are going to be a weekly thing.
Heres to a few weeks of mentally preparing for whats to come! 12 weeks of half marathon training. 3 weeks of “recovery miles” Then 20 weeks of FULL marathon training.