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So I’m Running a Half Marathon on Sunday…

oh yea. That snuck up on me. So remember when I posted about my CrossFit Endurance Half Marathon Training Plan?

CrossFit-Endurance-Half-Marathon

Well somewhere in between all our traveling, school, and horrible weather I just didn’t keep up with it. I know that I have gotten faster, but I needed to know that I could run the distance. So I just added in some long runs when I could… I know I CAN finish – I just don’t know how fast at this point. I am SO excited to have my friend Emily coming into town to run with me, but she has been out for awhile due to a knee injury. I’m deciding to just take this race as a fun run and hope to PR.  I plan on getting some more speed training in before the Pittsburgh Half Marathon next month, but I hear the course is hilly. Regardless of how the clock says I do on Sunday, I know I’m WAY fitter than I was last year when I ran this race (Thanks, CrossFit!)

gocomparision

Obviously not the best comparison shot. But last year I was busting out of my Mens Size Large Jersey. That same jersey is baggy now! Having less weight to carry for 13.1 miles is going to make a huge difference. If I had to guess around that time last year I was probably hovering around 215lbs give or take – Today I weight 189 (yes, I weighed myself on the Whole30. If that’s the worst thing I do these 30 days I’m doing ok). That is 26lbs difference, but I know I’ve gotten a lot stronger and likely gained muscle.

Last year I my longest training run was 8 miles. This year I did a 10 mile training run 2 weeks out. On the treadmill. I’m pretty sure if I can do 10 on the treadmill I can do anything.

This past week I’ve been eating super clean being on the Whole30 – and hydrating like crazy. My only concern is my fueling, since I haven’t tried any natural things like Dates/Rasins I may just stick with my Honey Stingers (at least they are organic!) and Nuun. I’m still not sure though.

All that to say I really am looking forward to this race, it’s going to be fun.. I love the racing environment. It’s electric. Pushing yourself to the limits and then going further is exhilarating. Not to mention watching the Dick’s Sporting Goods #RunFor videos has got me super pumped up to run. Check out this one from last week, I think it is my favorite yet.

If Team Hoyt can run 1000+ races including several IRON MAN races, I certainly can go out there and knock out 13.1 miles.

What do you #runfor? Any races coming up? Hows your training going?

40 thoughts on “So I’m Running a Half Marathon on Sunday…”

  1. I am sure you will be fine!! Sometimes I dont even worry about time, and I just make sure that I enjoy the experience! Gels can be tough sometimes, I usually do Cliff Shot Bloks, but if you haven’t tried them before.. I’d stick with what you know. It is tough to go natural when fuelling that’s for sure!!

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    1. That’s what I decided to do afterall – and I had a good time! I do like Shot Blocks but they aren’t on my Whole30. I ended up using Honey Stingers, though they still weren’t whole 30 approved they were organic!

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  2. Reading about your half plan made me feel a million and one times better about my 10k training, so I can’t wait to hear how it works out for you!!

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    1. I was certainly set up to PR – but it just didn’t happen. Read my race recap! I’m sure if I had stuck to the plan I would have PR’d considerably!

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  3. I run for myself but I’m also in a runner/rider program and run for those who can’t. It is a program inspired by the Hoyts. Team Hoyt Virginia Beach. It gives my running so much more meaning knowing that I can help someone else that normally would’nt get the opportunity to run a race. I’ve met alot of truly incredible athletes and their parents inspire me as well. I never get sick of watching any Team Hoyt videos. Rick and Dick are truly inspiring. I’m getting ready to run the Nike Women’s 1/2 in DC at the end of the month and have several other 1/2 coming up this summer and ending the year with running MCM for the second year in a row for the charity The Fisher House. Good luck on your 1/2! Have fun! 🙂

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  4. Good luck this weekend! I’m sure you’ll do fine, like you said, you are lighter and stronger than last year and that makes a whole world of difference!

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  5. oh my goodness, that video!!! it’s amazing! thank you so much sharing! just found out through Holly that we are running the same half on Sunday…looks like you are more prepared than I am!!

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  6. I’m running my first 1/2 on May 11! I can’t wait. Seeing everyone post about this race on Sunday makes me so excited for mine! I’ll be cheering you on!

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  7. Cheering you on! Have fun–you’ll do great.
    Probably best to stick to fuel that you’re comfortable with. Race Day 101–don’t try anything new/anything you haven’t tried during training.

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  8. Great post! Yes I’ve got a hilly half marathon coming up in 4 weeks (and I’ve just re-injured my ITB boooo) and then another half marathon in 8 weeks. Can’t wait to hear how you get on with fueling, that’s been my concern on the WHole30.

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    1. So I ended up using Honey Stinger Organic Chews (not Whole30) but don’t think I would have made it without them. I had gatorade too. It just got too hot. Not sure how else I could have done it…

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