from my Running-Pains Blog..
Originally posted on Running Pains:
As many runners will tell you, training for a half marathon is no joke… Over train and you might get injured; under train and you might not be able to do the mileage come race day. There are also may other things that you never ever think about until you do your research or figure it out through failure. With my race day a little less than a week away, I am excited and nervous for race day, but at this point I’m fairly confident I can get it done; and it’s not like there is much I can do at this point anyway.
Here are my top tips to consider when you decide to train for a half marathon:
1. Pick a few training plans and find the one that fits YOUR schedule best. Nothing sucks more than trying to stick to a plan that schedules a long run on a day that’s usually jam packed. Here are three I looked at.
A run will always make your butt look better in new pants; and never lie about it.
A run will never complain about your shoe obsession, it will thank you for finding better friends for your feet.
You can beat the crap out of a run and it’s a good thing.
A run will always turn around a bad day; no questions, ifs ands or buts about it.
A run can make you sweat but can’t knock you up.
A run can’t change the stereo on you. Bieber the whole way? No problem.
A run can’t argue; you’re the boss on how long, how far and how hard you go.
A run can’t dump you and make you eat a pint of ice cream out of depression, you earned those calories.
A run may ask you to make it a sandwich, but only because you deserve one.
You can’t marry running, but it can be a part of your life forever.
And as a bonus, running can give you abs like these:*
But ladies, a man that runs WITH you? He’s a keeper!
Yesterday I took the plunge: to FiveFingers!!
At first the separation of my toes felt so weird… I had spent so many years cramming my feet in tennis shoes that my toes refused to separate initially. Then I go them on and I fell in love instantly. I took them to the gym with me and did a short mile run on the treadmill. Best mile in a lonnngggg time!! My form had to completely change from slamming my heel down to springing off the ball of my foot. As your form changes, your muscles have to too, so training in them is a slow process of adjustment. My calves burned for a few hours after the run but it was so worth it. My personal trainer friend asked how they felt and I said “I feel like I can do so much more!!” ”Alright, I’ll have to get some!”
I was always afraid they were too expensive, too minimal, too weird and would take too much to get used to. But now that I’ve made the switch, like so many other Vibram converts, I don’t think I’ll ever go back…