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October 01 2015


Training for and Building a Half Marathon


As a runner I enjoy challenges, especially those that fit evenly into my daily routine and schedule. As i have completed one full marathon, a trip and accomplishment I treasure, fulls require hours and hours of preparation, balancing nutrition and exercise, work time and playtime, sprints and jogs, and months of advance planning. With half marathons, I already have a solid base because i have been running for more than forty years and so whenever a half offers itself in my experience, I just need a couple of months to increase mileage, making the 13.1 miles doable in addition to fun. - Route Planning

My training program's based on the elaborate one I created after much reading and research for the full. I run four days per week, doing a regular stint of 4-5 miles three of people days and adding distance on the fourth. As a result, Monday, Friday, and Saturday fall under the "regular" category, although I often include a few miles on nowadays as well, leaving Wednesday in my big day. About 60 days out I begin adding an arms length per Wednesday, planned to ensure two weeks before the race I run 13+ miles, then tapering off and away to no running after the subsequent Monday or Wednesday just before the event (depending on when it is a Saturday or even a Sunday). Days of rest work great for my legs, however will admit just as one addict to running, I kind of have to tie myself in a chair to prevent myself from sprinting out the door.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I swim. Although this maintains action on my small legs there is no pressure or pounding, and the strokes activate my arms, pulling them into angles and rotations that won't come with running. Sundays stay for a walk, yard work, housework, as well as those other commitments of life. Will still be exercise, but of an different sort. These - from running to swimming to mowing the grass - are activities I like, activities that activate thinking, mind expansion, and general happiness. Personally i think better after each pursuit and so do my body and my head,

With a marathon I needed to consider food intake with intricate attention. 26.2 miles can be a long distance to run as well as a long time in training to build-up endurance and strength without breaking down knees, hips, or feet. I carefully managed vitamins and minerals, healthy food versus junk, adequate liquids and careful alcohol consideration, and the like. It was great for me because my daily and weekly outline changed into a lifestyle for nutrition, one which I have kept over time. For the half, I give consideration, but skipping breakfast or missing dinner seriously isn't critical as I have a nutritional reserve at the ready.

This running regime and nutritional diet have also helped me sustain an excellent weight. If I wear a pound or two I will immediately feel it in my movement and carriage and so I step back, eat with more attention and add a mile. If my weight dips, which in turn only happens when I've one of my seasonal raging colds, I focus on high-protein foods and healthy beverages. Being a vegetarian I sometimes worry about enough protein to preserve my health, but a conscientious focus on food overall fairly well solves that issue.

A few days before the event I think about my meals, not really changing them but ensuring what I eat and drink are perfect for me. On "game day" I've my usual walk and keep it as well to avoid pit-stops along the route. I'm sure that a bagel or banana, peanut butter toast or even an apple would probably be wise, but this is not my standard well, i avoid making changes. Adrenalin guides me from the first miles after which offerings of Gatorade carry me onward. I skip water figuring I would like salt more. I additionally usually have one pack of protein gummies or a goo packet just to keep me feeling fresh. I prefer the gummies as I can reward myself using a gummy per mile making the snack transform in to a mind game.

By Mile 8 I am aware I am over halfway home; by Mile 10 We are raring for the end. At Mile 12 and can tick up my speed a notch because the medal is almost around my neck. Yes, most races provide a tangible reward at the end and I love and admire my stack of medals. It can be silly but very thrilling at the same time. Crossing the finish is a blast, especially if the announcer gives my name, city, or state. An extra of glory is incredibly amusing. A banana and chocolate milk accompany my medal award and fulfillment floods in. Being greeted by family in attendance is awesome as is a text of congratulations from somebody who has followed me through the course through runner tracking. Everything feels empowering.

When i have sadly stunted over the years and stiffness pulls in and stays more time, running half marathons can be an exciting experience. Entailing body and mind and plenty of hours in training, all of these enhance my positive outlook and inner strength. Maybe it becomes an event that would enrapture you. Commence with the short-term goal like running towards the end of the block and proceed to around the block, down the lane, the trail, and so forth, taking small steps of exercises into paths of delight. Also remind yourself with the good running gives you and smile normally as possible along your route. Greet dog walkers and other joggers, plants, trees, and deer. Your outward positivity affects your inward delight. Yes, truly, the rewards are excellent. - Route Planning

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