Training for my First Half Marathon

So I refreshed this blog on Amazon’s cloud using the Elastic Beanstalk as part of Finish Year 2012.

Another item on my finish list is to run a half marathon.

Runner on Target

I am registered to run in the Canyonlands Half Marathon on March 17th.

To train for this race, I’m using Runner’s World’s 9-week Half Marathon Training Guide.

This week is number seven and I have yet to run up to where the training is telling me to run.

It’s hard.

I’m not one to gripe, but when you are going to school full-time getting an MBA, working 20 hours a week and trying your best to be a good father and husband, there isn’t a lot of free time to train.

The best time for me to train is early in the morning.

The best time to complete homework is at night – sometimes late at night.

When you are staying up late doing homework and trying to wake up early to run, you sometimes sleep in and miss running.

Go figure.

On top of that, I took a week of training off due to a head injury and getting sick doesn’t help either. Having time isn’t the only challenge to overcome here.

I’m still determined and will make it to the finish line.

I really want to finish around one and a half hours, but I’d be happy if I were under two hours. At this point though, finishing will be a victory.

Question: What do you do when faced with challenges?


Read my Recovering from my First Half Marathon.

  • Em

    WOW!  90 minutes is your goal time??  You realize that’s a 6:55 pace, right??

    Ambitious, to say the least.  Best of luck!

    • That WAS my goal. I was basing it off my last 5 miler years ago. My new goal is to finish without injury.

      • Em

         Gotcha.  I read that “I would love to” as present-tense, and didn’t really see a “but I don’t think it will happen.”

        Still, good luck with the race!

        • Em

           And, by the way, if you run like the guy in the photo, you’ll totally get hurt.  I love pictures of “runners” that have obviously not run long distances EVER.   🙂

          • Very true. Advertising cracks me up sometimes. 🙂