Thursday, September 3, 2015

13.1 Things No One Told You About Training for a Half Marathon

13.1, Giveaway, Half Marathon, Happy Healthy Fit, Running

Autumn is right around the corner. For a lot of runners this means at least one big race. Or maybe you are newer to running and have your first race coming up {if this is you-- congrats!}. 

My next half marathon is coming up in a few weeks. I'll be running the Wineglass Half Marathon for the third year in a row. With thoughts of half marathons on my mind, today I share with you 13.1 things no one told you about training for a half marathon.

1. Forget any dreams of being a foot model. Blisters, black and missing toenails, swollen feet-- you get the picture. Running long takes a toll on your feet.


2. You will know weird, but exact, distances to random landmarks. And if it comes up in conversation you'll make sure to tell people that "it's exactly 3.51 miles to the sign on the left side of the road by the horse farm" or something equally ridiculous. 


3. You don't have to look like a runner to be a runner.


4. You will learn to eat like it's your job.


5. Some runs will make you feel like a total rock star.


6. And some runs will make you question why you paid $80 to be tortured. 


7. Non-runners will never fully understand why you want to wake up early on a Saturday to get your long run in.


8. You can't be a germaphobe. Yep, running can be gross. And running in an organized race can be even more gross. Don't even bother questioning why the volunteer reached into a bowl of grapes with no gloves and gave you a handful. Just eat them and be thankful.


9. Eventually you might not be able to get the smell out of your running clothes. Just accept it and attribute it to the fact that you must be running a lot if they smell that bad ;-)


10. Running is 90% mental. Trust me, your body can handle almost anything. It's your mind that needs convincing.


11. Walking is okay. You'll even feel stronger later in your race if you take planned walk breaks. Just be courteous to other runners and pull to the side before starting to walk during a race. 


12. Comparison is the thief of joy. Don't compare yourself to anyone. Run your own race.


13. During the race you might tell yourself you will never sign up for another half marathon again. Then within hours of finishing you'll be searching for your next race.


13.1 The feeling of setting a goal, training for that goal, and ultimately crossing the finish line and accomplishing that goal is a feeling you will never forget.


"13.1 Things No One Told You About Training for a Half Marathon via @amanda__maureen #runchat #sweatpink #fitfam"

Upcoming Half Marathons

Now that you are sufficiently excited about training for and running a half marathon, you might be wondering "Which race should I run??" There are so many half marathons between September and November that your eyes will go blurry with the options. Here's a short list of half marathons you might consider:

Airforce Half Marathon {Wright-Patterson AFB, OH} - Saturday Sept 19th
The Biggest Loser Half Marathon {Las Vegas, NV} - Sunday Sept 20th
Divas Half Marathon {Leesburg, VA} - Saturday Sept 26th
Napa Half Marathon {Napa, CA} - Sunday Sept 27th
Wineglass Half Marathon {Corning, NY} - Sunday October 4th
Zombie Half Marathon {Anchorage, AK} - Saturday October 10th
Lake Powell Half Marathon {Lake Powell, AZ} - Saturday October 17th
Cape Cod Half Marathon {Falmouth, MA} - Saturday October 24th
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon {Lake Buena Vista, FL} - Saturday November 7th
Richmond Half Marathon {Richmod, VA} - Saturday November 14th
Philadelphia Half Marathon {Philadelphia, PA} - Sunday November 22nd
Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon {Fort Worth, TX} - Thursday November 26th

Some of these might be full for 2015, but they are worth keeping on your list for next year! Want a detailed list of half marathons by month and state? Check out halfmarathons.net. This is my go-to resource for finding new races.

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Your turn! Do you have a big race coming up? What is one thing you would add to this list? Are you running your first half marathon? What has been the biggest thing you've learned in your training?
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