Week 5 of 6 Training for a Half Marathon

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.

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Polar Bear Pedal: First Group Ride

I know so far most of my blogs have been technology related. One of my challenges of this blog is the diversity that I plan to post. As humans we are much more than just one thing. That concept has not carried into the world wide web very well yet. Most sites that have high traffic have a specific reason, goal, or interest. I plan to just blog about whatever I feel like writing about and hope to get some traction with it. As people we usually have more than one interest. I am a bit of a techie but I also love doing outdoorsy things, one of which being cycling. This morning I did my first group ride and it was awesome.

2nd Annual Mayor Ballard Polar Bear Pedal

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