Getting Ready for the Half Marathon!

@Pigglies (9339)
United States
February 5, 2010 11:32pm CST
Well, the weekend is finally here and on Sunday I'll be running the half marathon that I have been training for since October. I can't believe it. I plan to break it up into 3 segments in my mind to make it seem like 3 runs in one: 5 mile easy run, 5 mile tempo run, and then 3.1 miles at 5K race pace (well, as close to it as possible after running so many miles). I'm definitely more than a bit nervous, but I feel like I'm ready for this. Pasta dinner tomorrow night, early morning wake up, and then get to the race and run!
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• United States
6 Feb 10
Go Pigglies Go! Go Pigglies Go!! Go Pigglies Go!!! I want to wish you a good run. i hope everything goes well and you have a good finish.Don't be nervous. This is your race! Have fun with it if you can.Afterward , please tell us all about it. ps. I keep seeing this Sears commerical where a couple is searching out a treadmill and they find one where you can program it so you run popular trails . It is the Nordik Trak X71. Everytime I see it I think, That would be perfect for Pigglies.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
6 Feb 10
Wow, does that has a TV screen in it or something? Sounds kind of cool. I'm usually not much of a treadmill person (well, technically I don't think I've ever tried one), but with all this rain I keep thinking maybe I should get one. Thanks! I will definitely try to have fun on this race course. Part of it has a nice ocean view.
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• United States
6 Feb 10
It has a screen so you can see the path or trail you are " running" Do you have a sears near you?Please tell me you will have nice weather Sunday! As I write this we are getting al Lot of snow!
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Good thing you mentioned about the weather! I forgot to check again today. Earlier everything was saying the rain would stop Sunday. But today it was clear too much and now some rain has been pushed back to tomorrow morning. I hope that won't be too much rain. But I guess I've run in rain before and can do it again. Yes, we have a Sears near here, I should check that out. But now I guess I should get to sleep so I can wait up bright and early at 3:30am!
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@syndibee (799)
• United States
9 Feb 10
I'm so happy for you for your half. That is such a wonderful accomplishment, especially in your very first year of running!! I bowed out of my half. It isn't here yet but I didn't sign up for it. I just don't think I'm ready for that yet and need more time to build my base up to avoid injury. This winter has been a rough one weather wise and that has also affected my running even though now I'm running exclusively on a treadmill. I don't feel the preparation yet. Did you take any energy. It really sounds to me like you needed something around mile 7-7.5 in order to get you through mile 8. It sounds like it was your wall. Great job pushing through. Slow is good, finishing is fantabulous!!!! Again, I'm proud of your accomplishment.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
10 Feb 10
Thanks!! It's better not to sign up if you may not be ready, as I know a few people who signed up, paid, and then realized just a week before that they would not be able to do it. So that's definitely smart of you. You'll get there! I did eat some energy jelly beans ahead of time, but usually eating while running doesn't work well for me. I know during the marathon I'll have to though and I'm hoping they'll have good stuff along the course. The half marathon had weird energy food, but I realize I probably should have at least had some electrolyte stuff they offered. I definitely hit the wall, so apparently I ran out of glycogen supplies. But I guess now at least that prepares me better for the marathon, because if I didn't hit the wall here I probably would have hit it much too quickly at the marathon. Now I know I should probably eat along the course, take electrolytes instead of just water, and start off much much much slower!
• United States
7 Feb 10
Yeah!!! Let me know how it goes!! I am training for my first half that is coming up in April. I hope to complete it anyway! I never thought about breaking it up into three sections. That sounds smart!!
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
7 Feb 10
It probably would have been smart if I had actually done that, lol. I ended up just going for completion after I started feeling so badly that I thought I'd have to flag down medical and quit. But I did manage to finish! Now the marathon in March is really terrifying me. Hope your half goes well!
@allen0187 (33145)
• Philippines
7 Feb 10
good luck on the race pigglies! hopefully you set a personal best finishing the race. nice plan you have there. seems you are ready preped for this one. keep us updated pigglies! enjoy the run!
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Well, since it was my first half marathon I guess at least I got an automatic personal best out of it. I wish I hadn't started feeling so badly around mile 8 though. But now that I look back and realize how great those first 8 miles were I still feel like it was a pretty good race.
@GardenGerty (97992)
• United States
7 Feb 10
I imagine that you have finished your pasta dinner by now, and you are ready to go to bed and sleep well so that you will run well.I am on my way to bed myself I think breaking your race into sections mentally sounds like a really good method to complete it.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Yes, finished the pasta a couple hours ago and about to go to bed. I went with a friend to pick up the number and she wanted me to eat some Chinese food tonight. But no way was I having a veggie bowl, I need that pasta energy. I am so nervous! I hope I can sleep!
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
6 Feb 10
That is so great! I know the training that you have had to put into it. So excited for you. I think the break up you have planned is a good idea, has someone coached you on that? Run Pigglies run! If you have a friend who motivates you and is going to be there to cheer you on, I recommend having them be around mile 11.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Yeah, some people have told me negative splits are a good thing. I only wish I had followed the plan! My running partner followed the plan and did very well! However, I started off too fast for easy, but it felt easy with the adrenaline. But then I picked up the pace more for the tempo run that was meant to last to mile 10. And at mile 8 I was doing so badly I thought I'd have to flag down medical (see above post). I slowed way down and figured I'd speed up at mile 10 as planned. Then I got to mile 10 and said it would be 11. And that went on until I was just struggling to even finish the race. I never saw my friends who were supposed to be there cheering, not sure what happened to them. At first I was feeling pretty bad that I didn't follow the plan and all that, but then I realized that at least I finished and I never stopped running, just slowed way down occasionally.
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
6 Feb 10
I wish I was one third of a sporty spice like you are. My belly is a bit wobbly and needs some attention. Anyway, good luck and don't forget to let me know how the race was. :)
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
6 Feb 10
Don't worry, my belly is pretty wobbly too! I'm going to try to work on my core muscles after the half marathon is over though. I don't know if that will help or not though, I've always had my weight mostly around my belly area. I'll definitely let you know how the race goes!