Couch to half marathon

I’ve only gone and signed up for my first half marathon, yes I think I’ve lost my mind too.

When I first started running I couldn’t even manage 1 minute of running never mind 13.1 miles before stopping to get my breath, my lungs would burn and my legs like jelly. But… I kept going and week by week I slowly increased my pace and fitness levels running the couch to 5k plan in just over half hour. Before starting the plan I could have never imagined how much I’d enjoy running and the freedom it gives you. Getting outdoors and running allows your mind to become free in a way I never thought possible.

A 13.1 mile half marathon seems such a long way at the moment and I never thought I would have the confidence to actually do such a big event like this, but after speaking to my friend who recently started running too we got chatting about how much of an achievement it would be to do such a big event, and before I knew it I had signed myself up to my first half marathon. So in 29 weeks I will take part in a 13.1 course.

It still sounds crazy when I say it aloud but I feel motivated to start my training journey.

So where do I start ?

 It is 29 weeks until race day so I am taking things back to basics and following the same type of plan for my half marathon training as I did when I did the couch to 5k. It’s about building up each week and slowly increasing the distance I run week by week.

So I’ve scrawled the internet and come up with a training plan I can hopefully follow and continue to gain more fitness as the weeks pass by. Its a little scary how far 13.1 miles actually is but I’m feeling determined and ready to take on the half marathon challenge. I’m not setting myself a time to finish I just want to complete the course and enjoy the atmosphere the whole day brings.

 So I thought I would share with you what I have planned for my first week of the couch to half marathon plan.

I have a 29 week training plan increasing my miles each week, with 2 shorter and 1 longer run. I am also going to try and fit in a little strength training along the way too like yoga or Pilates.

Week 1

I will be doing 3 runs this week starting with 1.5 miles twice and 2 miles for my day 3 longer run. I know this doesn’t sound far but I am trusting the plan and week by week the mileage increases and by week 6 will be running 11 miles in one week.

I’m also taking this opportunity to start fueling my body with better food, I figure I can’t eat rubbish and run a half marathon can I ? The correct nutrition for running is something I feel strongly about and I’m sure will make all the difference in the success of the plan.

So here goes guys!! I’ll keep you updated as the weeks pass by on how I’m getting on.

If you’ve run long distance yourself and have any advise on training / nutrition I’d love to hear from you and any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Until next time

Caroline X

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6 Comments

  1. April 5, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    At least you’ve done the couch to 5k, it’s a really good start and hopefully a confidence boost too, to show what you can achieve. Well done brave lady, I wish you well x

    • April 5, 2018 / 6:52 pm

      Thankyou Carol xx its scary but exciting if you know what i meam x

  2. April 5, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    Yay – good for you! I have done a few half marathons before, I think they key is to gradually build up that weekly long run, slowly increasing each week. Then smaller runs and cross training in between, plus rest days. I haven’t done one for a few years and also just signed up to one – eek! We can give each other motivation! Well done you! x

    • April 5, 2018 / 7:54 pm

      Thankyou Rosie xx and good luck for yours please send all the help lol

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