I want to thank all of the incredible people who helped contribute to this post. Your advice is so valuable and I have learned so much just putting this post together. THANK YOU!
You can spend 984759845 hours on Google looking up advice on running a half marathon but there is no better advice than that of REAL people.
People who are balancing a family, kids, a full time job, injuries, distractions, friendships, relationships, to drink that beer or not to drink that beer….etc!
For this post I asked 8 fellow runners for 1 piece of advice they’d give to someone running their first half marathon.
It’s been so long since I’ve done a race simply for FUN!
All the half marathons I’ve been doing have been to achieve a certain time and to go out there and really push myself. So it was incredibly refreshing to run the Hot Chocolate Run with my family and friends 100% stress free.
And thank goodness this was a stress free race because the start times were EARLY!
There are 2 races in the Hot Chocolate Run a 5k and a 15k. My sister, Tara, did the 5k so we had to get downtown San Diego by 6:00 am for a 6:40 am start time.
We made it in plenty of time and of course had to snap some pre race pictures.
One of the highlights of the San Diego Hot Chocolate Run is always the expo.
Normally race expos are pretty boring but this one has hot chocolate samples, chocolate covered marshmallows…really chocolate everything.
My mom and sister are doing this race with me so we decided to turn race expo day into a full day of exploring downtown San Diego.
Normally I would never eat like this before a race but hey tomorrow’s race is just for fun so might as well relax and indulge a little right?
Nothing makes me more excited than seeing so many people registering for the San Diego Hot Chocolate 15k/ 5k. You don’t have to be a “runner” to get out there and be part of this unique race experience. Whether you walk the 5k (3 miles) or run the 15k (9 miles) you are still out there participating in one of the best races of the entire year.
I ran the Hot Chocolate 15k last year with my mom (pictured above) and loved every second of it. The second we finished the race we knew this would be a new annual tradition.This year my sister is coming down from Los Angeles to run with us and possibly my cousin as well. The more the merrier!
Seriously though the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k really is THE BEST run of the entire year.
I can’t believe I only have 3.5 months until my first full marathon. To say I’m having some anxiety about it would be an understatement.
A few weeks ago I posted about how I’ve kind of been avoiding buckling down and creating an actual training plan for my marathon for 2 reasons.
- I’m scared to death
- I don’t know what the heck I’m doing
I’m not doing this race with a coach or having a training plan made (which I probably should have). I’m 100% just doing what I think will work best for me.
So that’s why I’m asking for your help!
Have you ever worked out so hard that you couldn’t walk the next day?
That’s me right now. I seriously can’t walk…it’s more of a waddle ha! I’ve really been focusing on working out my legs both in the gym and by hill training.
Why you ask?
My next 2 races are EXTREMELY HILLY! I have the Hot Chocolate 15k on March 20th then the La Jolla Half Marathon on April 24th.
Seriously anybody running either of these races needs to really pay attention to this post.
I swear I’ve had a “half marathon hangover” this whole past week. My body just ached and no matter how much I slept I was still exhausted. The struggle was real.
I took a few very necessary days off to recover and finally today feel ready take on this week of working out- I think it was finally forcing myself to go on a recovery run yesterday to shake out the aches and pains. A very, slow and steady run haha.
I only have 2 weeks left of the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide (BBG)…YAYYYY and am so excited to be able to actually say I finished all 12 weeks and did it the right way.
Another thing I’m very excited about is a book one of my readers recommended to me. It’s called Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary 3-Run-a-Week Training Program and is all about quality of training over quantity. This book even contains a training plan for running a marathon which I need to properly prepare for my first full marathon in June.
The Carlsbad Half Marathon was my third half marathon and by far one of my favorites (minus the fact that there was no beer at the end). The course was stunning, the race shirts were cute and the entire event was so organized it helped ease those race day jitters. This race was also the first race in the Triple Crown series- bring it on La Jolla Half Marathon in April!!
I did this half marathon with my mom (like usual) and my boyfriend, Bryce. This was Bryce’s first half marathon and I could not be more proud of him for this accomplishment. Bryce and my mom both finished in 2:08:15 which is about a 9:47/ mile. SO AWESOME!!
The race started at 7:45am so I woke up at 5:30am to have a cup of coffee, eat 1/2 of a Bobo’s Oat Bar and pack my bag filled with my race essentials like Nuun, Clif Shot Bloks and Advil. My whole family piled into the car at about 6:30am to be sure we’d be able to find parking and have no issues getting to the event.
If you follow me on Instagram you know I finished the Carlsbad Half Marathon at 1:54:23 which is a 3 MINUTE PR & BRYCE FINISHED at 2:08: 00. I’ll be posting my full Carlsbad Half Marathon Race Recap on Wednesday so stay tuned.
Now, if someone would have told me I would PR in this race after the week I had last week I’d never believe them. Work was stressful, I didn’t do a single BBG workout, I didn’t run once, I went out with my coworkers Thursday night and got drunk/ ate crappy bar food followed by a burrito the next day…I was a mess!
I went into this race feeling so unprepared since I had been completely off the week before and had only been running once a week but I truly think all of the strength training I’ve been doing with the Bikini Body Guide (BBG) made the difference. I’ve never felt so strong running and was able to push myself harder than ever before.
Question for my fellow runners…
What is your opinion on strength training paired with half/full marathon training?
I’m convinced only running 2-3 times per week (1 short, 1 medium then 1 long run) with 3 strength workouts in the week is so beneficial.
Can you spot us? Bryce is the giant shirtless guy with his hand up and I’m in blue and sunglasses right next to him!
Attention LLEG readers I have some news that will make even the worst Monday better. Right now Victoria’s Secret is doing the most incredible promotion to help us all stick to those new years resolutions. Until the 20th (or supplies last) if you buy a VSX sports bra at regular price you receive a FREE pair of VSX workout pants. FREE!! I’m rocking this sports bra and these awesome pants (the color I got is sold out). Being the skeptic I am I immediately though their exercise line must not be great if they’re giving it away for free but I’ve already done hot yoga and ran 10 miles in these pants and they’re wonderful. GO! And hurry so much of the VSX Sport line is sold out online already.
Now, back to my weekly workouts. This week is an exciting workout week for me because it is officially the week before my first half marathon of 2016. I’ll be doing the Carlsbad Half Marathon on Sunday the 17th with my mom as usual but this isn’t just another half marathon though. It’s very special because my boyfriend, Bryce, is also running this race and it will be his very first half marathon EVER! I watched him go from hardly being able to run a mile to now kicking my butt in training runs. He’s put in so much hard work and I’m thrilled to run this race by his side.
People keep asking me if I’m ready for Carlsbad and the answer is NO! I honestly never quite got a running routine down after the time change (terrible excuse I know). I’ve only been running once a week at a very slow 10 minute mile pace…oops. I’m hoping all the cross training I’ve been doing with the Bikini Body Guide and just the excitement of race day will carry me through this one.