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13.1: Half Marathon Training Update

Truthfully, the start of my half marathon training has run hot and cold.

Week One: I was off to a fabulous start. I ran everyday I was supposed to and I naively thought, "well this isn't too bad!"

Week Two: Life happened. I found myself insanely busy and struggling to make time to run.

Week Three: Illness benches me. As if my second week wasn't rocky enough, I caught a cold and couldn't run for a solid week.

Week Four: I am back with a vengeance... well kind of. This week I completed my first successful long run! It may not seem like much, but I ran five miles non stop, and with relative ease. This is the farthest I have ever really pushed myself to run. And even better, for the first time (ever) I passed another runner on Bayshore! For those of you who don't know "Bayshore" it is a very long sidewalk (more than 7 miles) that runs along Tampa Bay and makes the perfect running spot (especially when the dolphins are playful). But it also attracts a lot of serious runners and I am often intimidated by everyone (and I mean everyone... even pregnant women) who fly by me. So passing someone, anyone, is a huge feat lol.

My next long run was supposed to be tomorrow, but of course life isn't cooperating. I have to cover a class for a colleague, but I am hoping to run 6 miles Thursday. Wish me luck! Although I just discovered my cat chewed through my headphones. I can only image how boring 6 miles is going to be without music. But no excuses!

I also have to say thanks for everyone's support here and on my Instagram! It's always nice to know you are not alone!

I know several of you are also training, how's your training going? Any tips?

Ashley B
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  1. I'm running my first half in a couple weeks! I'm super nervous, but I think I'll be ok. I would just say that take it slow (and take lots of rest/recovery) because an injury can set you back so much! And I also recommend getting a new pair of headphone asap lol! I love jamming out when I run haha.

    AJ | TheAJMinute | @TheAJMinute

  2. Amazing job! Just keep pushing yourself and staying persistent and it will pay off! When you cross the finish line you will feel SO accomplished!

  3. Congratulations! I am happy the training is starting to work out :)

    Prep on a Budget

  4. Training for my 1/4 marathon is not going well! Haha life and a whole lot of snow has been getting in the way! I am hoping soon I can get it together :) I have just been focusing on working my body inside out with healthy eating, and isolated workouts, so when the time to run outside comes I am prepared... lets hope it works!


  5. You go girl! I honestly feel like someone would have to drag my dead body across a finish line before I ever successfully completed a half marathon, haha!


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