Half Marathon Training Starts Today

Hype. It gets me every time. A few weeks ago I got an alert on my phone that the Nike Women’s Half Marathon lottery was open… Limited spots. Girl power. Racing. It was too much for me to resist. And so on a whim I threw my name into the hat. And then by chance, I got in. Which now obligates me to run a half marathon.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about the 13.1 miles, but the timing could be better. I’m just easing back into it after an eight week hiatus. In the past 2 weeks I have run a total of 6 miles. That’s it. So, with the race 10 weeks away, I need to lace up and start training.

First thing’s first – I set my sights on some goals.

  • Training Goals: Enjoy the miles. Stick to the training plan. Remain injury free.
  • Race Day Goals: Above all else, enjoy the race day experience. Target pace: I’ll establish a target over the course of the next few weeks based on my condition. That being said, I really hope to finish in under 2 hours (sub 9 minute pace).

Next, my training plan. I’m using the Nike+ Race Companion as a guide for my training. They put together 14-weeks of recommended workouts and so I am just going to jump on in a few weeks late. Each week includes 5 runs focusing on speed, endurance and recovery. Using their pace chart, I will try and flush out what my pace target should be for race day.

The race is October 18th in San Francisco. They’re expecting 25,000 participants. (Who run the world?!) I have never run in such a huge event. I’m really excited! Plus, my family and I will already be in the Bay Area that weekend, so Isaac and the Bodenettes can watch me cross the finish line. Okay, that last part just gave me butterflies.

Who else is training for a race? Anyone racing in San Francisco with me?

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