Getting back to running has literally been a one step in front of the other experience for me post-baby. It didn’t matter that I ran well late into my third trimester, or that once I got my eight weeks clear after delivery I was on that treadmill. Falling in love with running again has been a slow process.
Somewhere along the way, hating every moment of moving my legs turned into a toleration. And before I knew it there was appreciation, and like any good love affair, things quickly have been heating up recently.
And now just like that my first week of half marathon training is complete.
Here’s how you know you’re ready to start training for a half:
You can’t get enough of running
We all have days we don’t want to run, but if you find yourself even dreaming about races, it’s time to train for one.
2. You keep doing 5ks
But you prefer longer distance than speed. 5ks are fun, but are short. Also try 10ks, or incorporate them into your half training plan
3. You know now is the time
Now might be the perfect time to get long runs in or trips to the gym. But even those who work and go to school and have families can carve out the time to train. This might also be the right time as in you don’t have kids, are taking a break before trying for another baby, have flexible work hours, work from etc.
4. You have done a half before
It might’ve been awhile and now you want that old feeling back
5. You feel it in your bones
You know it will be hard work, but are looking forward to it.
So how did I go from never thinking I would run long distance again to training? For me, it just seemed like now is the perfect time to do so.
Paradoxically, I feel ready. Of course this means ready to start getting ready for the big day.
And after just finishing my last run to end the week, I couldn’t feel better both physically and mentally. In fact, a big reason why I decided to focus on this goal now is because I have been committed to working out and running 5-6 times a week for the month give or take. I feel like I am in the best shape, and even though I am much slower than pre-baby and have less endurance, there is nothing a little training and hard work can’t fix.
I’ve been looking at a few different half marathon training plans, but am pretty much following the Hal Higon Training Program.
I like this program because the most you run is 10 miles before the race and you really work yourself up to the double digits nicely.
I did alter the week to my needs. Here’s what it looked like:
Monday- 4 mile run
Tuesday- 3 mile run
Friday-cross train (kickboxing 30 mins)
Now week 1 and 2 are identical, and there are two half marathons I’m torn about running at the end of April one week apart, so this might be my week 2 depending if I choose the early event. So good thing I’ve been running and cross training religiously for the past two weeks. I like a 12 week program so I feel really prepared, but there are 6 week plans as well.
I contribute a big reason why I decide to train again to the amount of motivation and inspiration I get from running groups on Facebook. I love reading about other’s experiences, and hope I can have that effect on someone during this new journey as well!