I'm going to run a half marathon.
This is something I never thought I would say/type, but there it is.
It's happening November 12th in Monterey, CA. I figured if ever I'm going to run 13.1 miles then Monterey in November is clearly the best option.
I signed up in part with work to support our charity of choice, Alex's Lemonade Stand, and in other part because after a year of being married to a chef, it's starting to show.
I've been running and training sporadically since June but am finally starting to get serious. I'm leveraging blogs and books and local resources to structure my training routine. Here's what I've found most helpful:
- From Couch to Half Marathon: this very accurately represents my situation. I found this plan in June and started following it then on and off.
- The Marathon Method: this book is mostly directed at marathon runner's with a handful of modifications for half marathoners. What I found most helpful were the lifestyle and running form tips.
- Kayla Itsines: I'm sure you're very aware of Kayla, but I have been using her guide for my cross training days.
- Shine Yoga: I'm planning to incorporate yoga more regularly into my routine and will be going to this precious new studio near home!
- Fleet Feet: this is where I was fitted for my running shoes, which have been amazing. I found out that I slightly pronate and that is leading to some serious blisters on my arches so now I'm testing out various taping methods. Thrilling.
I'm on the hunt for race day apparel. I have a variety of running leggings that I'm comfortable in but none that really stay put. This is the same with my tops, all of which tend to flop around and ride up at the bottom. I'd love your input if you've found items that are worth buying again!
- Date: September 5, 2017
- Distance: 4.2 miles
- Time: 50 minutes
- Observations: Taped my arches for the first time, which was mildly helpful. Everything feels very comfortable for the first 2.5-3 miles and then gets very sensitive. Breathing was easy and even throughout. My calf muscles are where I feel the most stress at this point and are the reason why I stop running to take a walk break.
Are you a runner? Do you have any recommendations for resources or gear?