Oh heck, I should just accept that this is becoming a running blog, shouldn’t I? Don’t worry, regular broadcast (if there ever was one) will resume soon but, these days, running is pretty much the most important thing in my mind.
You wouldn’t think so, though, if you looked back on my running calendar and saw how little training I’ve been doing. Yes, I’ve gone for lots and lots of runs but they’ve mostly been short ones and the truth is that I haven’t really been putting much thought into the fact that OMG I’m running another half-marathon in exactly two weeks!
To be honest, at this stage, I’m not sure how (if?) I’m going to pull it off.
I was looking at my workout calendar for the past couple of months and the longest runs I could find there were a couple of 10km ones. I think I got stuck in a “It’s only in November” state of mind and didn’t really get out of it. A couple of days ago, someone asked me when my next half-marathon was and I said “it’s only in November”. Two seconds later, the little “oh shit!” speech bubble was hovering over my head.
I now have basically one week to get ready for those 21km in Kerikeri. I also have an average of 1,666 words to write for NaNoWriMo between now and half-marathon day, as well as a four-day trip to Samoa, a concert and a couple of dinners with friends. Oh yes, and the whole full-time job thing, which means training/NaNoWriMo/social life are a no-go on weekdays until at least 5pm.
This morning, after a 6km run, I came home and drew up this emergency plan. It’s not something I’ll be able to follow 100%, I’m sure. Some days I’ll try to run more than that, others I’ll have to run less but writing this up helped me feel a little more organised.
My only hope is that the flat course and the weather will help will help (they don’t call it the Winterless North for nothing, right?). Also that adrenaline will kick in when I’m at the start line with all the other runners. But I’m not expecting to get a PR on this one.
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May 11, 2013 at 8:25 am
Great article ! How did it go ..at the actual half marathon..were you OK ?
Please write follow-up..I am onto a half marathon in two weeks..your feed back would be of great help. Thanks !
August 27, 2013 at 7:54 pm
It’s currently 2 weeks to go before I do Run To The Beat and I have no idea how much training I should be doing!! Is it possible to do your first Half Marathon on the day.
May 5, 2014 at 12:54 am
Did you Survive?
July 29, 2015 at 5:19 am
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February 22, 2016 at 7:20 pm
Just wanted to say thank you for this great article. You really inspired & assisted me in finishing my first half marathon for 2016. 3rd marathon since 2014 and now I’m feeling so inspired I’m wanting your articles on training for a marathon.
I didn’t go to the gym (as you suggested) and must admit I struggled with a very sore hammy during my last 4km.
For my marathon training I’m including weight training (barbell & kettlebell).
My training consisted of:
6 Febr – 15km walk
8 Febr – 5km run/walk
11 Febr – 4km run/walk
12 Febr – 8km run/walk
13 Febr – 8.5km walk
17 febr – 4km run/walk
21 Febr – HALF MARATHON
Keep up the good work!
Cheers from Cape Town, South Africa
February 9, 2017 at 2:32 am
Hi there – I found this blog and in exactly the same position as you! I picked up a knee injury and have had three weeks off from running but weight training to strengthen my muscles and some spinning here and there. I’ve got a half marathon in two weeks and will be planning to use something similar to your schedule to try and get me there – the main aim is London Marathon ’17 so won’t push TOO hard to injure myself.
Would to love to know how you did, if it worked? Hope you didn’t pick up an injury!