Georgia Half-Marathon on March 20, 2011

26 Responses

  1. Nick R says:

    In my experience, treadmill running sucks, and it’s painfully boring. However, the more treadmill training I do, the better my time is in a race. I think it has a lot to do with being able to precisely set the pace and stick to it.

  2. Lisa says:

    Congrats!!! What an exciting announcement. You will do great. I hope 2011 has a half marathon in my future!

  3. Lisa says:

    Just be sure not to increase your mileage too much too soon!

  4. Jen B says:

    Awesome! I would love it if you shared your training plan with us!

  5. Jill says:

    I’m a big fan of the public accountability too. I announced on my facebook a few months ago I am planning on running a 5k to celebrate losing 90lbs. Annoucing it will help to motivate me to do it too. You should come and do it with me 🙂 It’s in NC.

  6. miriad says:

    Congrats, Tyler!

    It sounds like you have an exciting training schedule ahead of you. I, personally, fell in love with running outside and have really enjoyed the training I’ve done over the past year. Hopefully, you’ll find the same to be true. 🙂

    I wanted to point you to a podcast that you may be interested in- Two Gomers Run a Half Marathon. These guys made the decision to run a half and then, later, a full marathon with no previous training or experience. The podcast has them talking about what they learn along the way, how they train and all that kind of fun stuff. it got me excited about the running I was doing and made me realize that yes, anyone CAN run those distances.

  7. Greg says:

    Awesome! Your first time, your only goal should be ‘to finish’. If you like it, you’ll have plenty of chances in the future to get faster. Go get ’em!

  8. Tyler says:

    You’re right, it does suck, but even though the treadmill lacks in so many ways compared to outdoor running it still helps build stamina, improve breathing, pacing, etc.

    And besides, marathon training aside, I still need a simple form of cardio to do every night. Treadmill will be it for a while.

  9. Tyler says:

    Do it! You should run in this one!

  10. Tyler says:

    I’ve read the elsewhere, as well. I don’t plan on getting really serious with my running (5+ miles) until closer to the race.

  11. Tyler says:

    I definitely will, both training and diet plan. I don’t plan on sticking to a calorie deficit close to the race, for example.

  12. Tyler says:

    What’s the name of the 5k? I’ll look it up!

  13. Tyler says:

    I appreciate the link, miriad. I’ll definitely check it out. That really sounds like my background right there (little experience!), so I know I’ll be able to find some knowledge/inspiration from them.

  14. Tyler says:

    Thanks. That’s pretty much the plan, not to die and pass out. I don’t care if it takes me 2+ hours to finish, I’ll finish.

  15. You might want to consider keeping one other form of cardio for cross-training, especially as you start logging more miles. If you do nothing but run you’ll risk repetitive motion injuries and that could derail all your plans for that Half-Marathon. Be careful and listen to your body! Unless it’s telling you to sleep all day or eat doughnuts. 🙂

  16. Nathan says:

    Awesome challenge.
    I would really encourage you to get a road bike and do some hill work or solid 80km rides. Your knees will really thank you – I am around 91kg – and anything over 5km is too much for me. Best of luck – ease into the mileage.

  17. Erin says:

    GO TYLER!!

    +1 to Melissa’s comments – having another kind of cardio to cross train with will not only help your running muscles recover, it’ll give you a mental break from the running.

    You might also think about integrating yoga into your routine. Runners tend to get tight hamstrings and over time overuse without proper stretching and recovery can cause all kinds of injuries. Which is REALLY frustrating.

    Finally – you are following a training schedule, right? Your midweek runs shouldn’t be all that long (6-7 miles at the most), and should incorporate things like speed sessions, hills and track work, and your long runs, usually on the weekend, should be run at a long slow distance pace, and should start small and build up very grandually – 10% more mileage a week. More than that and runners, especially beginning runners, risk injury. Your long runs on the training plan will gradually build, then cut back a bit to allow you to recover, then build again. You should be tapering the last three weeks before the race to allow your body time to recover.

    All of this is stuff you probably already know – I only mention it because I know you’re determined, and running smart/strategically well over half the battle to an enjoyable, injury-free endurance race. Have a blast – you’ll do great!!

  18. LJ says:

    Way to go Tyler for taking the plunge to sign up for 13.2! Good luck with your training. I just finished my first 10k and it was an awesome feeling. I’m doing run/walk intervals, so run for 3 minutes then walk for 1 minute – repeat for the length of the race. It’s been a great way to “feel like a runner” but also allow my body to work up to the challenge of running longer distances. Looking forward to checking in on your progress over the next few months!

  19. Dave says:

    I love the public accountability aspect. Good luck! Will be keeping watch.

  20. Jam says:

    Good for you!! Just a heads up, though: switching your surfaces from treadmill to pavement or grass leaves you very prone to shin splints. It feels like someone just hit you in the shins with a baseball bat and then you’re forced to hobble around until the muscles warm up or you take ibuprofen.
    I got them when I started my dance major and the same semester started playing rugby. I found this website that has really helped, just don’t get lazy with the exercises or they’ll come back hehehe

    Good luck with training and your race!! I hope to run a race one day. 🙂

    Jam 🙂

  21. Jennifer says:

    I too highly recommend the slowly increase your distance- rule of thumb of no more than 10% per week in order to prevent injury plus rotate your Carioca workouts to help prevent injury at least 2 per week should be non- running – there are a lit if running programs out there but Hal higdon’s method is tried tested and shown over the past few decades to work so you may want to google him! Good luck!

  22. Jam says:

    Yes! Hal Hidgin’s method is really good! He has different programs for different distances, I’m starting the 5k one soon hopefully 🙂

  23. Judy says:

    A Marathon runner once told me not to allow your legs to determine whether you will or will not finish the run. Only quit if you have pain in your chest. If you have trained for the run and are in optimal condition then your legs have to do what they are told :o) JP

  24. Erin says:

    >A Marathon runner once told me not to allow your legs to determine whether you will or will not finish the run. Only quit if you have pain in your chest.

    Hmmm… I don’t know if this is wise advice. An orthopedist talked to our group about a person who completed their race despite a horrible pain in their foot, and ended up damaging their foot so badly they couldn’t run regularly. I’ve heard this kind of story over and over again.

    If pain changes your gait, you should probably either slow down or stop the session. Rest a few days, take anti-inflammatories, and ice; if it still hurts, see a running orthopedist or PT. You could also try a lower-impact cross training sport like swimming.

    If there’s persistent pain in a particular area (e.g. happens over a few consecutive workouts), observe when it occurs – during the run? Immediately after the run? Only when you’re doing hills or doing speed work? Try resting, anti-inflammatories and ice and see if it improves. If not, see a running PT or orthopedist.

    Here’s the thing – a nagging pain develops into a full-blown injury if you don’t take care of it early, first because you haven’t taken care of the problem causing the pain in the first place, and secondly because your body compensates for a painful area and this will affect your biomechanics as your body tries to protect the painful area, putting stress on other muscle groups and tendons, etc that aren’t used to the load. Often runners will be weak on one side of their body or another and need strengthening. Other times runners can develop tight hamstrings, which can affect your gait and force your body to overcompensate in other ways. These are problems that can be remedied over six weeks, but not three weeks before the race when your mileage is high. Take care of it early.

    Sorry – end of rant, just don’t want to see anyone ignoring a potential injury and needing to cut their training and race plans short over such a preventable issue. Sounds like you have a good, experienced person to train with, Tyler. Just respect the demands you’re making of your body in training for an endurance race – running is a privilege! Have fun and good luck!!

  25. Jill says:

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  26. Julia says:

    Sounds as though you have a good plan that will help keep you motivated. The first road race I ever ran was a half marathon sponsored by the Naples Daily News. They hold the race in January and I read an article in the Fall which started off by saying that if you were able to run/jog 2 miles you were ready to start training for the Half Marathon.
    So that was the plan I followed and it was a great way to get out the door each morning and run my allotted miles before my husband went off to work or the kids woke up!
    I completed the race in two hours and 3 minutes and was very pleased with myself!