2 Weeks of Training For A Half Marathon
Tomorrow will mark 2 weeks of training for my upcoming half marathon at the 17th Annual Indianapolis Marathon in October. I decided it would be a good idea to get at least one competitive run under my belt before jumping into a half marathon. This past Saturday there was a timed 5k for a good cause that Community Health Network (where I work) was a big part of. So, I signed my girlfriend and I up and waited excitedly for Saturday morning to roll around.
Week 2 Stats – Half Marathon Training
I weighed in 6 pounds lighter this morning than when I started running 2 weeks ago with my body fat down a total of about 3%. For those that aren’t keeping track that would be 212lbs and about 27% body fat.
Morning Of My First 5K
We woke up early Saturday morning to make sure that we were ready for the race, starting off with some oatmeal, milk, and a little bit of coffee to get us going. To prepare our bodies we did a bit of stretching and for a warm up (and to get there) we biked about 3 miles. Arriving about 30 minutes before the race we had plenty of time to claim our bibs, visit a few booths for some free stuff, and get some water and healthy snacks that were provided. Up until this point I had never run in any sort of race and had never run quite that far before. In my training I ran 3 miles in about 31 minutes almost a week prior but I was hoping to finish the 3.1 miles in under 30 minutes.
Start of the Heart Walk 5k
The race started off crowded and slow as I assume many do. Less than half a mile in I was already not feeling great about the race. I started to wonder if I would be able to run the full 5k without walking and doubt started to set in. I was also having some pain in my shins, possible shin splints but I tried to get my mind back on the side of positive. At the first half mile there was a convenient hydration station that my girlfriend and I missed because we were on the wrong side of the sidewalk and the race was still pretty compact and crowded at this point. Getting closer to the first mile mark the crowd started to thin out and I was feeling as if the mile marker was coming too slowly. Not sure if it was the anxiety, anticipation, excitement, or what that was causing the doubt and the feeling that I was moving to slow. Or maybe the woman that just passed me while pushing a huge stroller, but 1 mile I was still not feeling great about the race.
Mid 5k – Getting in Pace
It was about 1.5 miles in when I started to turn my negative thoughts around and really started to feel good about the race. We were about half way done and I had my breathing down well, my shins didn’t hurt or I didn’t notice at least, and we had a comfortable pace going. Around mile 2 we really started to regret missing the first hydration station but other than that we were doing great.
Approaching That 5th K
At the 2.5 mile mark we found the second hydration station and with the crowd being very sparse now it was easy to get to. We walked a few steps while drinking but I was anxious to get back in stride. At this point I was feeling great and just trying to decide when I could start picking up speed without burning myself out before the finish line. In probably the last 4 tenths of a mile or so I picked the pace up by probably about 1 mile per hour and started to pass quite a few people.
Finishing My First 5k
Coming across the bridge I can start to see the finish line. At this point, I am a bit short of breath and really pushing myself. I passed one last person and then started to sprint. As soon as I picked up my pace the person I had just passed does the same. This, I think was a good thing, as it felt like I had to finish before her now so I ran even faster. At this point I could see the time as well and realized that I was going to be able to beat my goal of 30 minutes and every second started to matter as, for the first time, I really wanted a good time. As I passed over the sensors and heard the beeping I felt great. I was breathing heavy by now but felt that I could have run 3 more miles if needed. I grabbed some cold chocolate milk that they were offering and walked around a bit to cool down. Now I can’t wait to try to find other 5k or 10k races to prepare for the half marathon.