What I Ran: Half Marathon Training Week 1

Hi lovelies! 

How are you? I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! I had a really beautiful weekend filled with multiple beaches, awesome cafes and great cpmpany! But I’ll share all of those snaps tomorrow. For now, I just wanted to update you all on my half marathon training progress.  

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As most of you know, I signed up for my first half marathon on the weekend! Eeep! I’ve never run more than 5km before, except one time when I ran for 7km. And I honestly think that was like 2 years ago.

Nowadays, I really only fit in a run once a monthAnd I usually only go for 3-4km. But I decided to sign up for the Blackmore’s Half Marathon in September anyway. Because I’m crazy like that.

To put it in perspective, I have to go from running 3-4km to running a 21km course in just 7 months time. No pressure! Haha.

I’ll be honest with you, I was scared when I first registered. Even though it’d been something I wanted to do for ages, I was still scared because 21km seemed so daunting. But after completing my first week of training, I actually feel so motivated and excited for race day. It just felt good to get out there and just have something to work towards, you know?

I downloaded the My Asics app onto my phone to use for my training, and it’s been so great! It’s free, and you just type in your start date, race date and race details and it creates a training program for you. It was so helpful for someone like me who had no idea where to start. It split my training into 7 phases, from pre-conditioning right through to the recovery phase post half marathon. Then it plans your runs, the paces you should be doing and rest days. And it has also has a GPS component so you can track your runs and enter it straight into your training program as you go. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but it will do for now until I can afford a Garmin. (Any recommendations?)

Oh, and this isn’t a sponsored post by the wayI’m just a big fan of the app! Really grateful I came across it, it’s given me so much more motivation because I have something to keep me accountable and also to help me progress slowly and safely. 

Back to my runs now! Here’s my training log for the week: 

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The first run was a bit hard because I had to get myself back into it. I was glad for the 2km limit because it was just enough to get me into it, without pushing me too hard. The second run, I took a totally different route and explored some of our back streets instead of running around our local park like I usually do. There was even a few slight inclines in there. I loved it so much! My pace was slower than my first run, but I had such a good time just unwinding after sitting in an office all day. The third run I did the same thing as my second, and explored some back streets again. And on Saturday I did the same thing for my longer run at 3km, and it actually ended up being my fastest! I’m not sure if it was my body getting accustomed to the running, the cooler weather or a combination of both, but I was feeling really good and I really just didn’t want to stop (which is why I went over by 0.14km!). 

I did change some things on the plan slightly (days and pace times) to suit me better, but it was a really great guide to work off.

For eg. The pace for all the runs was supposed to be 9:20min/km. But I honestly couldn’t jog that pace. It just wasn’t comfortable for me to go that slow, so I went at my slowest pace whilst still staying comfortable, which as you can see was just under 8min/km.

I was also supposed to run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. But I was busy on Friday night, so I moved that run to Thursday. I still completed the same amount of runs planned, and also had a couple of rest days, so it was no problem for me.

And that was my first week! I felt so great by the end of it. I’ve run just over 9km in a week, which is the most I’ve done in so long, and I feel awesome for it!

Other work outs I did this week: walking to and from work and the train station Monday to Friday (about 15mins of walking each way) and yesterday Jared and I walked from Bondi to Coogee and then back to Bondi, which was about 10km in total. That tired me out more than all of my runs put together! I’m glad for the rest day today! :) 

I am really enjoying my training so far, but I know it’s still very early days. I know there’ll be some bad days/weeks in the future, but let me just bask in this beginners glow for a while ;).

Before I go, here’s an awesome quote I found today on running!

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And I’d also love to know:

  • Have you ever run a 10km, half marathon or marathon before?
  • What did you love the most about it?
  • What did you hate the most about it?

Love,

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P.S Here’s a link to my fundraising page>>. I chose to support the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and on my fundraising page you can read all about why I chose to support it. I hope that you will find it in your heart to also support such a wonderful cause by either donating or sharing the link to the page. Thank you! xx