Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Training for a sub 2 half marathon

So Tracy is training for a half ironman and Alyssa is training for a marathon, one of my best friends does triathlons and did a half ironman while pregnant, and here I am still stuck on the half marathon. But I don't mind. I'm not complaining, I know some people are still 'stuck' on the 5k or 'stuck' on the I hate running train.

I'm a bit of a weird person (aren't we all). I don't like to move on to things until I have accomplished the thing before it. Will I one day do a triathlon or marathon? Who knows. It's hard for me to look that far when I still haven't met my goal of a sub 2 hour half. 

Training for a sub 2 hour half marathon

When I ran my best half marathon many moons ago I didn't even have sub 2 on the brain. I just wanted to run and enjoy it. I ended up doing well, I was pretty proud. I got on facebook when I got home and saw someone who had also run that half 'finally got my sub 2 half marathon!' and I was like damn, I was so close. Since then, it's been on my mind. Since then, I haven't come close. See below.

2011: 2:37:15
2012: 2:04:48
2014: 2:39:15
2014: 2:33:21
2015: 2:50:36

2015: TBD

I'm not mad about it, I'm not complaining. It's all on me. The thing is, I know I can do it. I just need to actually train for it. I've never been good at sticking to training plans. I don't know if it's because I basically create them myself or if I just don't want to train. Either way, I finally admitted to myself that I would never reach my goal if I didn't train properly. Was this goal important enough for me to actually take it seriously?

So I created another training plan, even though I have ages and most people don't start training this far out, I knew it was what I needed. I needed to start small, but still working towards that end goal. So the month of July has been my starting small month. Just getting back into a routine, running consistently and enjoying it. You have to realise who you are, what kind of runner / exerciser you are and stop comparing and expecting someone else's results. I enjoy running and I enjoy what I get out of it. But I want more.

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I don't really feel like sharing my training plan right now (misleading post title, I'm sure you are very upset), only because it's so loosey goosey that it can hardly be called a training plan. Maybe next month. I just wanted to share this goal yet again in the hopes that I, you know, actually meet it.

And if I do... I shall get myself a 13.1 sticker.
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Linking up with Alyssa & Tracy!

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There is no point to this goal, my life isn't going to change, it's not going to fix anything that's broken (not that anything is broken) or open doors I couldn't open without achieving this goal. But it's something I want to do, and that's the only reason I need. I am about 13 weeks away from my next 13.1.

Any tips or suggestions (from runners or non runners!) on how to achieve a goal or how to stop being lazy are definitely appreciated.

33 comments:

  1. You got this girl! I swear running is just as much of a mental game as it is physical. I haven't ran in months now thought so I can't really say anything haha! You'll get that 13.1 sticker though!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. Ok, now I'm super curious about your training plan! I'm starting on Saturday to train for 2 half marathons and I'm trying to knock some time off too... but not all the way down to a sub 2! Bet you get your 13.1 sticker in no time :)

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  3. what it all comes down to is how much one wants it. you've been doing amazing sticking to your fitness routine (both before/after vacay) so be so proud of that! baby steps, K...baby steps! the fact that you told me sticking to something wasn't your forte, you've stuck to the ahole bros group for months so that in itself is a huge accomplishment!

    now that you know you can do it, creating this plan is the next step. as with the ahole bros group, establish yourself/your routine and by the time you know it, you'll have completed your plan. go on YOUR OWN schedule, not anyone else's!

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  4. You've got this gurlie! I am by no means a runner, so I'm always in awe of everyone who rocks all the races longer than a 5K. My aunt and uncle used to run the NYC and Boston marathons, and I wish I inherited their "running blood". I can't wait to hear about your training plan, and hear all about how you do because I'm sure you'll rock it ;-)

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  5. You got this. So proud of you for doing this. It doesn't matter what everyone else is doing, all that matters is that you've gotten you're butt up and said you're going to train for this half! You could be like me - Im over here training for the donut I bought this morning. Le sigh. I will get back on my training regiment soon. I hope.

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  6. I think you should go back to the mindset you had in 2012 when you ran your best race (easier said than done I know)- free and easy and I'm sure you'll get that sub 2 half!!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  7. You can do it, I believe in you!!!!! Stick with the training and I know you will rock it out.

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  8. Lord have mercy do I ever feel you! I've run 5 or 6 half marathons and have always done between 2:10 and 2:06 (PR, did it while pregnant, go freaking figure). I always seem to slow down at the 8-10 mile mark and can't figure out how to bust through the lull I feel at that point in the race. I am determined to bust through the 2 hours mark, just like you! I'm hopeful for a good winter of 2016 race, and I want to follow a training plan this time (I've never done that before). So if this works out for you, I'm totally going to do it too. Why is a sub 2 hr SO HARD?

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  9. I'm not sure what half you're doing but I hope it's somewhere close-ish/able to be traveled too because I want to come cheer you on ! You've given me some amazing advice in the past and I love you for it and hope I can return the favor during your race to your goal (see what I did there ?!) I have the utmost faith that you're going to kick some serious 13.1 @$$ in 13 weeks :)

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  10. I really want one of those 13.1 stickers too!! I want it plastered all over my car! I have faith in you-- and I'm looking forward to seeing your plan (hopefully!) because I feel like yours would be totally doable and I want to copy. :)

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  11. I have the same goal! I just ran a half in May and got 2:04, so I'm hoping my next one will finally be under 2 hours. I'll be making lots of posts about training so hopefully that'll help you out! You can always email me for support and I'll keep us both accountable :) One big tip that I can offer is to have a reward for yourself if you hit your goal! For me, I told myself I could get an outfit from Lulu once I break 2 hours. I really want another pair of shorts and a new top, so I have lots of motivation to get that!

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    1. we can do it Gretch! I can't wait to read your training posts, they will definitely help! I am totally going to bribe / reward myself. Such a good idea!

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  12. Are you doing the Urban Bourbon this year for your half? I am debating registering myself. I had the registration page up for hours yesterday talking myself yes/no about it....
    & girl - my goal is to do a 2:30 - 2:45 half marathon so you are my hero :)

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  13. How to stop being lazy: bribe yourself. $1 per mile ran. A pedicure after a ten miler. New running shoes if you do speed work for a month. I've run 12 halves (I don't anymore because my feet are in bad shape and I don't have time to really train right now) and that's how I got through.

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    1. thanks Christine! such good ideas, totally going to start bribing myself!

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  14. I'm not much of a runner (I love it but my knees don't!) so I'm doing good to do a 5K, but I totally understand just wanting to set a goal and complete it! I have a weight loss goal that I have been trying to reach for what seems like forever, and even if I don't stay at that weight for long I want to get there just to to be able to say I did it!

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  15. I know that you are fully capable of getting one of the 13.1 stickers!!!! You so got this!!!! I am sort of like you in that I can't move on until I accomplish my first goal or the first step first. I don't really ever see myself running a half marathon. I will be lucky to even run in a 5K lol! I cant think much past like 2 miles with this summer heat. That is all I do most days that I run.

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  16. This isn't the first time I've told you this and it won't be the last, but I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that you can do this if you want to. I'm actually glad you realized what you did about what accomplishing it will mean because honestly that's how I feel about doing a half ironman (omg did I just say that?). When/where is it and can I come cheer you on or pace you or bring you Popsicles or whatever else you want?!

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  17. I ran my first half last October and fell in love. My goal was to come in at under 2:30, and I finished at 2:18; not bad for a first timer! Then I found out I was pregnant so my next half was considerably slower since I was 6 months pregnant. Now that I popped the kid out, I am back into training mode. I have 4 halves coming up, one 15k, and one 5k.
    I use the Runkeeper app and follow their training plan. Do you use any running apps?

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  18. good job! I hate running but I do it intermittently for health purposes. However, coaxing me to run more than 4 miles is a feat!

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  19. I liked triathlons because the 3 sports kept my attention and I am not much of a runner. I think you just find what works for you. Did you follow The Lady Okie? She has a training plan that she followed for her half marathon. Worth a look and it was only running 3 days a week.

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  20. I tried a few times for my sub-2. I think it's a great goal! And obviously doable since you were so close before. I know you can do it!

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  21. Oh you and your misleading post titles! I am still on the "I hate running train." But. I am a goal-oriented non-lazy person and I think maybe you are missing an incentive to meet your under 2 hour goal. For example, if I put myself on an arbitrary shopping ban for six months and was training for a half marathon, I would let myself buy something (like a new top or boots or something) IF I made my goal. That would motivate me for sure!

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  22. Get it girl! I hope you can make your goal. I just ran a 5k (I am NOT a runner by any means) and struggled with 37 minutes. Thinking about running for over an hour makes me want to cry a little.

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  23. You got this, girl! I'm not a runner anymore, but I have a lot of respect for people who are!

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  24. Girl, you deserve that 13.1 sticker regardless of whether you go sub-2! Runners' World did a 'How to Train for a Sub-2 Half' a few years ago and that did it for me! I'm still trying to sub-4 in the marathon though...

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  25. Whoa, it's impressive that you can run for that long, I would probably collapse and die within the first 5 minutes. I really need to get myself the 0.0 bumper sticker because that's how much I run! Whenever I'm trying to get into a routine to go to the gym it helps going once and then after that I get into it a bit more and eventually it just becomes part of my day. Hope you can get back into training!

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  26. You go girl!! Go get that sticker!! Such a good motiviation, I need to get running!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  27. ok, you rock. and run! this amazes me how anyone can do this. i can't run straight--i run sideways, even on a treadmill. you'll get that 13.1 and the 26!!!

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  28. You have to realise who you are, what kind of runner / exerciser you are and stop comparing and expecting someone else's results. -- YES GIRL. This is the truth right here. Start where you are if you want to go where you want to go. I know you can do this! And I'd be happy to share any insight I might have on your training plan if you ever feel comfortable sharing it with me. Not that I've run sub-2 yet but...whatever :) As far as keeping motivated...visualize your goals, don't break the chain, small rewards for milestone mileage, do it even when you don't want to, text me if you're thinking about skipping a run, put your training plan on paper. Keep at it girl, I know you got this. And I want to be there! What half do you have coming down the pike??

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  29. You are inspiring!!! I can't even run a full 5k. lol
    Just keep your eye on the goal. :)

    Know how much you want it and put passion into it. hehe

    Rock it !!!

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  30. You can do it! I get the same way when people talk about running bigger races and even though I know there's no point to compare to what other people have going on.

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