Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Half Marathon Training Update

The half marathon training is going pretty well.  A couple weeks ago I asked my hubby if I was crazy for trying to do this.  . . . . . you know, since I have a habit of getting hurt from the silliest things.

BUT, I trudge on every week during the training.  It IS getting better.  I can tell that my hip flexors last a little longer each time.  

Last year when I was training for the Warrior Dash, my hip flexors hurt after 3 miles.  

Then, in week 4 and 5 of our half marathon training I was able to make it about 5 miles before my hip flexors started hurting.

Now that we're 9 weeks into the training, I can make it about 8 to 8 1/2 miles before they start hurting me.  So, each week I'm getting stronger.

Last week was the farthest we've gone so far.  We did 11 miles on our "long" day last week.  I was dragging the last 2 miles.  And I walked part of it backwards because that made my hip flexors hurt less.  

I iced my hip flexors that day and I was a little sore that night and for a couple days after, but  I can definitely tell that I'm getting stronger.

The only other issue I had last week was my toes hurting!!!  I'm wondering if I need to go up a shoe size for these longer distances.  Does anyone have any experience with that?

This week our "long" day is 8 miles, but we're supposed to do it at race pace.  

I have no idea what our race pace is.  I just know that with each added mile it gets slower and slower.  
Last week for our 11 miles, we were at a 16:38 minute mile.  Those last 2 miles really slowed us down.   But, that was with a bathroom break and a couple stops to stretch.

Hopefully we'll be doing our first half marathon at the end of November. 

Then I can officially get my 13.1 sticker for my car!!!

Have you ever trained for a race?