Half-Marathon Training

I’d say I’m an “avid runner,” meaning that with my schedule I typically run about 3 or 4 days a week (depending on the season and what I have going on). I’m usually pretty happy with this; it keeps me pretty content with my fitness level and endurance. BUT then some crazy part of me thinks, “let’s run a race!” And here we are…

I’ve been a runner for pretty much my entire life because my parents are both runners. I ran cross country and track from 5th grade through my senior year of high school. I even thought about running in college! But when faced with more “serious” ideas about what I wanted to do in college and even after college, I decided running could be something I do on my own, in a less serious atmosphere. I still stuck with running though! As it turned out, my sophomore year of college I got the crazy idea to run a marathon. YES, THAT’S RIGHT. A full marathon. The competitive side of me saw people who weren’t really “runners” signing up for half-marathons. So then I had the brilliant idea to say “well if they can run a half, I can run a full.”

I ran a marathon that year under the guidance and coaching of my dad, then ran 2 more half marathons over the next couple of years. Then school got busy and life took me to a whole new part of the country. I didn’t run many races, if any for a couple years. But now that I feel more settled in my new home, I decided I want to train for something. It’s hard to exercise and work out when the only reason I do it is “to be healthy.”  So, CHARLOTTE HALF-MARATHON, here I come!

Luckily Charlotte is close enough to Winston that I shouldn’t have to deal with any major weather differences between training and race day. Additionally, my dad was kind enough to make me a training schedule. I know you can find tons of sample training guides on line, but knowing that my dad took the time to help me means so much to me. We used to run together all the time. Running is something really special that we share.

So training is underway and I’ve been trying to beat the heat and run as early as the sun is up. I can’t wait for the weather to cool down (Please God, any day now!) Before you know it, November will be here and I’ll be lined up at the starting line! Follow along and I will share more updates on training and prepping for race day.

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