|Carlsbad Half Marathon runners|
So what was it? A half marathon!! Half marathons are a sexy distance for any level of runner. It's not as grueling as a full marathon (26.2 miles) but a little heftier than say a 5K. Both are great races but I'll take my 13.1 miles any day.
The weather was perfect - a sunny, warm 70 degrees in Carlsbad. There were roughly 10,000 runners and in the half marathon it looks like there were almost twice as many women running as there were men! A shocking statistic!
I'm very excited because my daughter's 2nd grade teacher approached me the other day and asked if we could start training together for her first half marathon. I immediately said yes and gave her my top 3 things to do before beginning endurance running. Here is the list (for those of you toying with the idea):
1. Get a general physical and have yourself evaluated for really good running shoes at the local running store. (okay, that's really a two-for but they truly are the top priority!)
2. Make a workout playlist. I use my iPod religiously while working out and swear by my playlists. I've gotten my music so dialed in that I have a warm-up section, a cardio section, and then my absolute favorite songs b/c by about mile 9 or 10, you just need something to get you through to the finish line.
3. Lastly, you need an easy-to-follow training plan. I've used Marathon Rookie's training calendar in the past. There's also a good one on Runner's World, although they do the dreaded 800 repeats. Ugh! That's where you warm up for 2 miles, then run half mile at a 5K pace, then cool down for a 100 meters and then do it again. You repeat this, hence the name, up to 8 times and then cool down for 2 miles. I could only tolerate about 2 when I started doing them. I hate to admit it but these really do improve your times. Which, thankfully, is not really a beginning runner's focus.
Other than those 3 things, you need a good sports bra, running shorts, a dri-fit style shirt and socks. You're good to go and go and go!
We're getting ready for the Surf City Half marathon on Super Bowl sunday. I have been wanting to do this race for a while. After 13 half marathons, I'm really just doing it for the awesome medal you get! The medal for Surf City is AWESOME!! I'll show you...
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