MOTIVATION: contemplating a half or full marathon??
Do it!! But do it right. Below, 10 tips from
(via Sweat Style: Fit Fridays: 10 Tips For A First Time Half or Full Marathon)
With fall arriving, so is marathon season. Thinking of trying that distance for the first time? If a marathon seems like a big leap in distance for you, try a half-marathon first. Either way, here are ten tips to help get you to the finish line:
1) Train right:
Choose a workout schedule that will work for you. Be realistic about the time you have to commit to training and what your mileage and running experience has been up to this point so you can choose a schedule that will be attainable for you. There are many training plans online and I provide a beginner half marathon schedule here.
2) Practice nutrition:
Never experiment with new foods during a race. Practice during training to see what foods your stomach will tolerate and what your nutritional needs are during your runs. Eat the same foods (this includes breakfast) on race day that you are used to eating.
Drinking during a marathon or half marathon can be tricky so it’s best to practice this during your long training runs. It is important, especially on a warm day, to stop at every aid-station and hydrate. If you need to, walk slowly or even stop so you can make sure to take in enough fluids. (More tips on hydrating and race fueling here)
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MOTIVATION: chase the race.
There’s a serious difference between running to run and running to train to RACE! Signing up for a race gives you two things: focus and fear. Focus to keep your eye on the prize and your training in line. And fear to get you out of bed in the morning so that come race day you don’t pass out at the halfway mark.
So Philly Half Marathon, here we come!! Inspired by Erica and Chloe to do this one with them! Can’t wait to hit up this race in the city where I met Erica on that very first day of college. :) Gonna rock it, MYBers!! I think MYB shirts are in order.
Anyone else running this bad boy??
(via Philadelphia Marathon)
MOTIVATION: taking on your very first half marathon.
“I’m not a runner.” ”I could never run that far.” ”You couldn’t pay me enough to do that!”
Ever say anything like this when someone brings up the idea of running a long distance race? You’re not alone. But people everywhere are taking on these kinds of mega-goals every weekend! This weekend in New Jersey, one Shailin proved that she was a runner—and not just a runner, but a half marathon finisher! She writes about her first running experience below and proves that accountability and setting a goal, like signing up for a race, pushes you through the tough training days all the way to race day! Congrats Shailin (pictured front row, left) and all her fellow runners!! HUGE accomplishment!!
“A few months ago while searching the web I decided that I was signing up for the New Jersey half Marathon. Immediately after I went through with this idea I contacted my 3 cousins and begged them to join me. Since we are all related and share the same amount of craziness they agreed. I began training in January and never thought I could actually do it. I always figured I would chicken out and not participate once race day came about. However, since my cousins were also training it made it easier. Seeing their accomplishments and hearing what they were able to do made me push myself. Take one mile at a time we told each other and that’s exactly what we did. I never ran before starting my training but each week I added another mile onto my long run and before I knew it I was running ten miles at a time.
When race day came I was extremely nervous but we all got up extra early so we could go together. We read motivational quotes and listened to my dads words of wisdom from his past marathon days. The race was tough but I knew I could do it, I knew we all could do it. Needless to say I finished (a lot longer that I planned, but I FINISHED) I’ve never smiled bigger than I did crossing that finish line. I was pleasantly surprised in myself and I recommend the challenge to all.”
MOTIVATION: brooklyn half, anyone??
(via NYRR 5 Borough Series Brooklyn Half-Marathon | NYRR)
RUN BROOKLYN MAY 19
The wait is almost over. Registration will open for the Brooklyn Half-Marathon at noon on Monday, March 26—just three days from now!
Take on the brand new course on May 19 in this second race of the 2012 NYRR 5-Borough Series. Your race will start on Washington Avenue near the Brooklyn Museum and finish on the famous Coney Island Boardwalk. You’ll love the course changes that now allow for 15,000 participants.
Bookmark the race page and register on Monday before this race sells out.
MOTIVATION: race day!
Congrats to all DC, NYC & LA racers this weekend! Tons of people moved their booties to hit their racing goals from coast to coast.
Down in DC I rang in turning 31 (not until Wednesday to be exact) by running my fastest 13.1 half marathon since I was 25 years old! A 1:58:40 time felt good after a really hot and hilly course. And congrats to my dear running buddy Jen who ran super hard and rocked her own record-setting time! And also congrats to her friend and rockstar runner Julia who crossed the finish line right next to me! Way to rock it, ladies!!
MOTIVATION: strength in weakness.
Below is an excerpt from the daily emails that are a part of this month’s MYB workout challenge, Mighty March. Sign up for April’s MYB Challenge at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIGHTYmarch: day #17
For me it’s MISSION day—the DC half marathon is today. But just yesterday my family lost a loved one. What does one do in these hard times?
Do you shy away and stop pushing yourself towards you goals? Do you sit in defeat? Or do you grasp on tight to them as freakin’ hard as you possibly can and let them drive you? Do you prove that you’re still living by pushing life to the edges?
For me, running feels especially good in such hard hectic times. The heart-pounding, heavy-breathing, pace-pushing mania you’re chasing your body through is exactly how you feel inside. For once your feet are racing as fast as your mind and your heart is beating as loud as you want to cry. But through the wild highs and lows of running a race, my mind clears. I don’t have to hold anything in. I just leave it all on the course. Chances are it’s gonna be equal parts tears and sweat. But today I will run. I will race hard. Hard because I can. Hard for those who can’t. Hard for everything we’ve all been working towards this month. Hard because we don’t give up. Hard because if I can make it through this race, I know I can make it through the tough times that lay ahead.
What you do in your workouts directly relates to what you do in life. Work hard for this challenge and achieve your goals and missions and you’ll find you can work hard anywhere else you choose. You all inspire me! Keep up you amazing work! Today I also run for you.
Today’s QUOTE: “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.” ~ Horace
Today’s MYBjamz: “RUN,” Gnarls Barkley
HERE WE COME, DC!
Jen sent me this pic from her gorgeous “gym” - the Washington Monument. Will be fantastic running a course where I don’t know what lies around the next corner. But mostly I’m psyched to rejoin my running buddy!
Whatcha got, DC?? Bring it on!
Anyone else running DC this weekend?
MOTIVATION: finishing training.
Last couple miles before The DC Half this Saturday! Gorgeously crisp and cloudy morning on the East River. Soon I’ll be running on the other side of this river when I move to Brooklyn next month. This greenway has changed a LOT in the past few years I’ve lived in the East Village. This path in itself didn’t exist until recently. Beautiful work they’re doing. And tons of morning runners were taking advantage of it this morning.
Here I come, DC!
MOTIVATION: the wind at your back (or in your face).
Phew!! WINDY!!!!!!!! For serious. Crazy gusts in NYC this morning on my 10K. Thought I was setting out for an 11 miler but realized training plan said 6.2 instead. Well then. Good thing too because running into the wind was like running with a resistance band pulling you back! Now running with the wind is another story. A little extra push forward never hurts. But phew my hair is all kinds of knotted!
Good luck running out there today! Serious winds!! Baseball caps don’t stand a chance unless faced backwards!!
Three week countdown to the race!!
MOTIVATION: bridge to bridge.
Williamsburg to Greenpoint to Williamsburg to Fort Greene to Downtown Brooklyn to Manhattan Bridge to Chinatown to LES to Williamsburg Bridge to Williamsburg to phew, HOME!!
The coolest part of this 10 miler was seeing one bridge in the distance from the other that you were aiming for next. And then seeing the last bridge you conquered from the new one. Amazing where your two feet can take you.
Actually, I take that back. The coolest part was when Van Halen’s, “Jump” came on in the last mile to help me sprint it in!! Gotta be one of the best end of run songs ever. Ever!!
Only a couple more long runs to go! Bring it on, DC!!
MOTIVATION: 10 mile morning.
Kicking off this 3 day weekend by attempting 10 miles. Funny to think the last time I ran a 10. Probably over a year ago for a half. Race day is quite different from a sleepy Saturday morning. But it’s crisp and sunny outside and just waiting for a killer run!
MOTIVATION: the view.
Today’s windy morning 4 mile pace run in the sun along the East River. Wind burn is becoming a problem!
Workout Lucky #13 of 22. Morning run on the Williamsburg Bridge. Unseasonably warm after a FREEEEEEEZING weekend! DC Half Marathon training continues as more people are signing up! See ya there Jen, Decker and Cheryl!!
MOTIVATION: running goals.
Currently I’m logging my miles to train up to a half marathon in DC this March (see ya there, running buddies Jen & Decker!). When I’ve got a goal, a training program and a clear mission, somehow, everything else in my life falls into place. My workouts, my nights in vs. nights out, my eating, my training, everything. I have a plan and that puts every other thought inside my head at peace. And it gets me running. See a post below from lululemon’s blog about running goals. What are yours?
via lululemon athletica:
Set (and achieve) big run goals|
Certified Personal Trainer Specialist and Robson Street run ambassador, Julie Bertrand, has more than a few races under her belt – to say the least. We asked her how she sets powerful run goals beyond “I run a half-marathon” and how she stays on track to achieve them.
setting your run goals
If you set goals you are more likely to achieve the things you want. Choose the race you want to run (huh, what’s a SeaWheeze™?) and the date you’ll be crushing the goal (like,August 11 2012 for example). Already run a half-marathon? Kudos. To challenge yourself incorporate time goals, races you want to qualify for or increase the number of races you want to run each year.
tips to run your best in 2012
set a plan
Each week, plan your workouts in advance. Create a training plan to help you stay on track with your goals and ensure that you progress at the right pace. A typical marathon training program will last 16-20 weeks, whereas a half-marathon training plan can last anywhere from 12-16 weeks. Your long runs should increase by 10-15% each week in order to avoid running too much too soon. Many runners start off too quickly and end up injured because they get excited about the final goal and skip this critically important step.
Read the full article here: http://www.lululemon.com/community/blog/set-and-achieve-big-run-goals/