HM Training Update

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  1. jldeleon

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    This week concludes week 4 of my 12 week training plan for my half marathon. So far, so good - I am on schedule and running strong, easy, and without injury or abnormal aggravation! Where I did need improvement was adherence to my cross-training schedule. I had really only been doing about 1 day a week of swimming, and only about 30 minutes worth. This week I did 2 days, 35-40 minutes worth, and my goal is to continue to adhere to the 2 day a week minimum for swimming, and to increase the time to a full 45 minutes. I can manufacture a LOT of resistance in the water and have pretty much decided that deadweight-weightlifting, doesn't really need to happen until about a month before the half, only once a week, and only for added ease of running - it's not an injury prevention necessity like my swimming exercise routine is. I do not measure my pace, because I know that focusing on increasing my strength will naturally increase my pace. I am only needing one rest day per week, at this point. There are a handful of certain exercises I do almost every day, like reverse hyper-extensions, but I don't really count those as cross-training, they are just so I can get through my day without pain. I have decided that I definitely need to run with an electronic metronome during the race (which I have found come with ear-bud attachments!!!) in order to ensure I hold stable form throughout the race. I have not, yet decided what I will wear for footwear. Since I have figured out a good swim routine, my glutes and pelvis have become a lot stronger, which has really helped decrease the affects of my leg length discrepancy on flat surfaces - so I "may" be able to get away with something as simple as wool socks!
     

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    What half are you training for Jen? I've been kind out of the loop lately and struggling to find any time to be on here. Right now I probably should be trying to sleep as the baby girl is sleeping, but I am wide awake so trying to catch up a little. Anyhow, good luck!
     
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    Foot Traffic's Holiday Half on December 15th. I tried to convince Mike to join me, but he is a big wuss!!! :D
     

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    Haha, is this downtown? Do you know what the cost is?
     
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    Uh, ya it's downtown, I don't remember the cost off the top of my head. Probably 40-50ish? I just did 2 runs this week, one 9 and one 10. I'm going to hold my weekly mileage at 20 miles a week and just start tipping each run, one mile, until I am doing one 13 miler and one 7 miler, and call it good. It's weird having to go back to training on PAVEMENT though! I still make sure one of my runs is NOT on pavement for cross-training purposes. The trail by my house has a lot of paved parts, but it is super erratic and gravelly and some dirt and enough variation that I'd call it more of a trail, than pavement -so one happens either there or on Wildwood.
     

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    Ah ok, cool. Sounds like you should do well on it. 40-50'ish sounds pretty reasonable. I have looked into other halfs and they were super (to poor me anyhow) expensive. May have to see if I can do this... I am also contemplating doing the Shamrock 15k too as well as the tough mudder in June.
     
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    I paid for it like at the beginning of summer, so who knows what it costs now!
     

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    Just looked it up and it is $76. Ugh!
     
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    Yikes, yeah, I doubt I would have paid more than $50, even for a half, so, boooooo. :(
     

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    Oh well, I'd probably be pushing to hard to get up to distance in time. I would have to get to where I can add 4 miles to my long runs...
     
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    tough mudders and others are expensive. they even charge spectators. should sign up for race the reaper. we have codes that should get us in for $40. maybe even less with teams.
     

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    Well, now that I have ran 39 miles in 7 days, I'm not "as" concerned about being able to run a half marathon. :eek: That being said, I just ran 10 miles on pavement with Janson and Jim. That was the longest I had ran on pavement (in socks). My joints didn't like it, much. But I was talking the whole time and had a lot of miles behind me by that point. And it was night. I KNOW my form sucked.

    I am going to run 12ish, on pavement this coming Friday, with fewer miles behind me, with a metronome, and alone, and during the daylight. I "need" to at least go drive the 1/2 marathon course, too.

    Only 34 more days til the half marathon! I only have 30 more days to do a 13.2 mile pavement run, and Friday might be it. Some people may be comfortable assuming they can run "a few more miles" for the race -but not me. I have to actually do it all BEFORE the actual half marathon!
     

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