The race is only 4 days away now. Sadly, I slacked off from my training routine more than I should have the past week. And ate more than I should have for that matter. At one point I weighed in at about 209 but this morning am right around 211. I think I will likely settle around 210 by time of the race, which would be a total of about 8lbs lost in the 6 weeks of training. I was on track to be more like 208 but had a bad week the past week as far as my training to diet goes.
Below is the calendar that I had set from the begining (Sept-Oct). This turned out to be far too ambitious for my ability, so I stuck to the days for the most part but shortened the running. To date the farthest I have run without stopping is only 4.5 miles, but like I said in my last post here, we are going to do intervals. In our training we worked up to running about 4-4.5 miles non stop and then would walk/jog another 1-2 miles.
I would certainly be lying if I told you that this has been easy, and that I haven’t had my doubts or wanted to quit. There were so many days that I just did not want to get up and go outside to run. The first couple of weeks were kind of like a high. It felt good to get out and be active, and I was excited about the challenge. As the runs got longer and more time consuming it got harder to do them not just physically but mentally as well. But, if you are sitting around, thinking that you need to get into shape then committing to a half marathon is a good way to do it. I really enjoyed the 5k that I ran at the Indianapolis Heart Walk this year and really want to run more 5k’s to get my time down. So get out and start running. I haven’t gotten there just yet but come Saturday I will have gone for couch potato to a half marathon in 6 weeks.
Sorry I haven’t kept up better with blogging about my training. Due to being out of town and getting sick I have missed a few trainings. Most of the time I tried to make them up or just do a cut down version. In general over the past 5 weeks I have knocked my goal down a little bit for the event.
Week 5 Training Progress
The Indianapolis Marathon is coming up quickly. To date I am weighing in at 213lbs which is a bit heavier than week 2 but there are a lot of things that can go into that, but the important part is that my body fat is still showing about 27%. So far the farthest we have run without stopping is 4.2 miles and we kept about a 10 minute mile pace. This might not sound like much for having to run 13.1 miles here in a couple of weeks but I am not worried about it. We are starting to think that we might do the race like such:
- Run 4.1 miles – 9 left
- Walk .5 miles – 8.5 left
- Run 3 miles – 5.5 left
- Walk .5 miles – 5 left
- Run 2.5 miles – 2.5 left
- Walk .5 miles – 2 left
- Run the last 2 miles
Hopefully, taking the half mile walking breaks keeps us from getting worn out without racking up too much time. With this we are hoping to finish probably around 2:30 to 2:45. I know 15 minutes is a bit of a range but I am really not sure how fast ‘running’ will be on those last couple of intervals.
I would say that overall the schedule that I came up with for training is pretty good, but a little bit too ambitious. We haven’t done the full training plan but we have stuck pretty close to the 4 workouts a week, just smaller distances than scheduled. In short, I think it is looking pretty good to be able to train for a half marathon in 6 weeks.
Been trying a challenge that is a bit out of my norm lately. I am training for a half marathon. The 17th annual Indianapolis Marathon is coming up in October, and I decided it might be a good idea to do the half marathon. I have never been a runner but I have biked many 20-40 mile rides in the past. Though lately I have been a little out of shape, so why not try a new challenge.
Just for some perspective I am 5′ 11″ 218lbs with about 29% body fat according to my scale (hope that isn’t very accurate). I have always been built pretty well from growing up in construction work and working out but college ruined that and blessed me with a beer gut.
6 Weeks to Train For a Half Marathon
Going from somewhat of a couch potato to a half marathon in 6 weeks is likely crazy. Most of what I found online said that it can’t be done or at least shouldn’t be done. I however, really want to do it and so I looked over a bunch of different training plans for 10-12+ week half marathon routines, and ended up coming up with my own. I am aware that I can hurt myself so I am attempting to use caution. And I by no means plan to be first, I just want to do it.
I am starting this blog a little behind as I am already one week down and at the end of my first week I ran my first 5k(ish) in 31 minutes. To stay in the half marathon I will have to be able to do 13.1 miles with a 17:00min/mile pace. Which is pretty slow moving but for someone that isn’t in great shape it is still a lot of moving. To give you some basics for now I started out small and I am trying to work up slowly to be able to run 10 miles without stopping or with very little walking. I figure if I can do 10, then I can do 13.1 even if I have to walk the last 3. In one week I am down about 4lbs 2.4% body fat and can already tell a big difference from the first mile that I ran to the 3 miles that I ran 2 days ago.