Saturday, August 16, 2014

Third Half Marathon Journey: Weeks 1 - 3

I took a little break from running, but am back! If you haven't read about my second half marathon, you can catch up here.

I am running a half marathon in October, so I've been back to following a training schedule! It's the first time I haven't trained with a training group and so far it's going well because of the group of two twin Mama friends who are running with me and training for the same half!! They have been SO encouraging. One of the girls I'm running with created a schedule using the Hal Higdon Novice plan and I feel really good about it. We've already completed the first three weeks of our twelve week plan!

I ran/walked my first half marathon at a 1:1 ratio (one minute run: one minute walk) and my second one at a 2:1 (2 minute run: one minute walk) and have currently been training at a 3:1. But we'll see where we end up (we're trying to increase our run ratio even more). My goal is just to PR, which I think should be pretty easy! The newest thing for me is that I have been running between 5 and 6am every morning (which had been un-doable previously because it's dark and my husband is uncomfortable with me running by myself in the dark...understandably so). Sidenote: The 5am wakeups are the reason that I am not wearing makeup in any of the photos below:
One amazing thing about running so early, has been the sunrises. I've seen more sunrises in the last three weeks than I have in ten years.
I can't even tell you how amazing and inspiring these Mamas have been. Some of us are training for halfs; some are training for fulls; some of us run a 13 minute mile; and some of us run 8 minute miles; some of us walk and run; and some of us just run. But you know what we all have in common? We run. As someone posted in our group, "No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
We even run in the dark.
Some mornings, it's even been cold. WHAT?!? Love it.
Sunrises really never get old.
Fun, sassy, running group!
These are all my twin Mama friends I ran with. Between the four of us, we have eleven kids at home. Can you say #noexcuses. We are all training for halfs in October and one of us is training for the California International Marathon full in December. 

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