Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sad Goodbye & Half Marathon Training

Annie has officially departed for Indiana and I miss her terribly! Saying goodbye to her yesterday was not easy and tears were definitely shed. It's been an emotional week with her leaving and my parents also sold my childhood home a few days ago. N and I are going to visit in a couple weeks to say goodbye to it one last time.

This week also happens to be the official kick off for N and my Half Marathon training for the Portland Half Marathon on October 7th. It's both of our first half and I'm pretty excited. N is not a runner (or not yet at least) but I ran the Portland Marathon in 2010 and have done several smaller races in between then and now. I decided not to run a big race last year because training runs tend to take up most your summer and you end up trying to schedule vacations around them. But I missed training for a big race so much that I decided to scale it back this year and just do the half. N surprised me for Christmas though by not only signing me up but signing himself up! 
N and I before the 2010 Portland Marathon.
Since this is N's first big run but not mine I decided to combine Hal Higdon's Half Marathon Novice 2 and Intermediate training programs and then made a few adjustments myself. I own his book, Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide: Advice, Plans, and Programs for Half and Full Marathons and used his Intermediate training program for the 2010 marathon and loved every part of it.

I own this copy but the link above sends you to his newest edition.
Like I said, I created our own customized training program. Which I'll happily share with you. But remember, I am by no means a doctor or an expert. I do what works for me and want to share it with you guys. So remember, always check with a doctor before making any fitness or nutrition changes.

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  1. yay for marathon (or 1/2) training! I am currently injured but am hoping to better for the nike women's half in SF which I am signed up for! It will have to be some quick and dirty training but I've never done it that way so it will be interesting:)

    1. Bummer that you're injured! I had a friend that did the Nike Women's SF Marathon last year and she had a lot of fun. I hope your have a quick recovery so you can get started on some training.