Half Marathon Training

I have once again signed up to run the Buffalo Half Marathon.  This will be my fourth one.  I don’t know what is wrong with me.  I don’t know why I keep torturing myself.  I do not like to run long distance.  I was a sprinter in high school and that was more than 10 years ago.  Long distance is not my thing.  But yet…here I am…again…getting ready to run 13.1 miles…at once.

Now, the past three races, I haven’t taken my “training” very seriously.  My goal was to basically just not finish last.  My 2nd race I ran the whole thing but my first and third races involved a lot of walking.  I blamed it on the fact that I live in Buffalo and its cold and I don’t have a treadmill, so I wasn’t able to properly train.  Well, this year I’ve decided to take the race a bit more seriously.  I even joined the gym.  Last week was my prep week.  Mike and I started getting up at 5 a.m. (gasp!) to go to the gym.  I ran 2 miles the first day (slowly) and I was sore the next day.  Pathetic I know.  But…I’m back into a groove.  Last week I ran 3 days and did the elliptical once (I was so exhausted I was nervous I’d fall over if I didn’t have something to hang on to).  Each day I also broke out the weights.  Nothing big, just some 5 lb. weights to work the arms.  My track coach always told me that if your arms can move, your legs can move.  So, I try to make sure my arms get a workout in too.

So, today was my first official day of training.  It was a rest day. Heehee.  However, I still got my butt out of my warm bed at 5:10 (it is Monday after all) and dragged myself to the gym where I walked on the treadmill for 40 mins.  At least it was something.  This is the training program I’ve decided to use this year.  It’s the 12 week beginners program.  We will see how it goes.  Wish me luck!

Marissa Sweet

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