Training for a Half

A long time ago (like a year-ish) I trained for a 5k. I trained diligently and hard and I ran my first 5k. And then my 2nd 5k, 3rd, etc.

And then winter hit and I stopped running. Cause shit be cold here.

And I kind of stopped running altogether. But here and there I’d pop into a 5k. And somehow I ran a 10k last June (and did pretty decent for not training at all) and still dabbled in random 5ks throughout the fall and early spring.

And then I ran the Ladies First 5k (because, awesome medal!) at the end of March with my bestie Allison and I SUCKED. Yes, it was cold and windy as hell but I could barely run a mile. In fact, I ran a mile, and then ran/walked/huffed/puffed the last 2 miles to the finish. MAJOR SUCKAGE. I felt good that I did it, but felt horrible that I had fallen so far from where I once was. And I had to do something about it.

So here I am. Back to training. And not just training for a 5k again. Oh hell no. I had to go balls deep and decide to train for a 10k – to do it right this time. And then I’m running a 10 miler after that. And just for shits and giggles, let’s run a half marathon! (HOLD ME.)

So right now that’s where I am. I’m on week 5, day 3 of Couch to 10k training and while it’s slowly getting easier to get back into the swing of things, it certainly isn’t like riding a bike or whatever that analogy is. This shit is HARD. In addition to training, I’ve got a number of races coming up too:

I’d like to pick up another run or two in between the 10k in June and next 5k in August, so I’m keeping my eyes out for those.

I’m going to try and update this about my progress, setbacks, and general running shenanigans. I love seeing what other runners are doing/using/going through, so why not share my own story? (And maybe keep me more accountable!)


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  1. Are you running with a group? I found that when I hit about 6-7 miles by myself that I would start to get bored. Training with a group for my half was much better- even if we were too winded to talk you at least had people in just as much pain as yourself! 🙂
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    • I’ve been running by myself right now. But a group is something I should definitely look into! Just not sure how it would work out with my schedule…

  2. Dang, girl! I ran a 10k in March (my first), and will be registering for a Half Marathon later this year. I am both terrified and excited about the whole thing. Eeep!

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    • I am BEYOND terrified. Especially since I’m struggling so hard right now and the runs just get LONGER and HARDER. AHHHHHHHH.

      But Yay for your 10k and Half Marathon!!! 🙂 I’m totally here to support you!

  3. Wow! We started about the same time. I’m on week 4 day 3 of C25K. Love the program. It pushes my butt just enough that I can feel the progress but I can still function without pain the next day. It helps that hubby is my pacer and running buddy. I’m shooting for 21k early next year. So inspired by a fellow army wife who went from couch to 50k (50!!) in 1 year. And she is 42 years old.

    • Awesome!!! When I first did C25k I loved it! It was the perfect pace and great for me. And I’m just thrilled that I had a 2 mile run with no stops today planned and I did it! (Couldn’t believe it – still can’t!) Good luck! I can’t believe your friend did a 50k! I don’t even know if I could ever do a marathon…

  4. LACEY! I forgot to sign up for the Diva half. I will do it today! I must! It’ll be my third year and you get an extra medal for doing it 3 yrs in a row. It’s fun and pretty and flat! You’ll do so great! I am supposed to do the Brooklyn half but am so under trained. I’m considering dropping out.

  5. You’ve got this. Seriously. I’ve pretty much decided the Half Marathon is the PERFECT challenge distance. I will NEVER do another marathon (No, nope, nada, NO), but half marathons now feel like a true adrenaline rush and powerful experience. You’ll be so proud of that medal… and then you’ll sign up for another one. For real! Check out some of the Jeff Galloway and Hal Higdon training programs and use those to stay in track. You’re smart doing it before the holidays, because that kills training for me… too cold and too much eating all the things.

    I did a couple of my half marathons doing a run/walk combo, and that helped a lot with pacing and reserving energy. A good playlist is a must too.
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    • Thanks Aubrey! I’m excited/terrified lol. But am definitely taking my training super seriously for it! I’m doing Couch to 10k first, and then once that’s done moving to a 21k app I found, since the Couch to 21k app didn’t get great reviews.


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