Category Archives: 1/2 marathon

I’m feeling like a failure.

Half-marathon training. Last week, it did not go well. As in, it pretty much didn’t happen.

Last week, I was supposed to do 3 x 5km runs, and a 6km ‘long’ run.

Last week, I walk/ran 5.65km and 5.02km, and also 1.11km. I went to pump twice, WiiFit(ed?) learned to ride my bike and swam 1.5km. I mean, it’s not like I did nothing.

But I did not do my runs for ½ marathon training. I also haven’t run 5km in a row without walking. And I’m starting to panic.

I mean, I know that’s silly. I know I can walk/run until I can run the whole period, and if I need to, I can even walk/run the ½ marathon.

But I really want to run. I honestly think the reason I’m not running is because I’m worried I won’t be able to do it, and that means failure. Somehow, my brain doesn’t equate ‘not attempting it’ as failure. My brain is an idiot.

Last week, I only ran 11.78km. I should have run 20km.

This week, I have a plan.

Monday: 5km + biking at gym for a total of an hour
Tuesday: Pump + 5km
Wednesday: Ride my bike in the wild (rest day)
Thursday: 5km run + pump
Friday: 5km run + biking at gym for a total of an hour
Saturday: Ride my bike in the wild (rest day)
Sunday: 6.5km run, pump if I feel like it/get up early enough, ride my bike in the wild, 2km swim + UWH game.

This is 5 runs where my schedule calls for 4, but I need to make up a bit from last week, and I think it will help boost my confidence a bit.

In 5 weeks, I have a 10k event. Then only 10 weeks after that, the ½ marathon. I can’t piss around and slack off between now and then; no matter how busy and stressed I am at work or how scared I am of failing.

The only thing worse than failure is not trying at all.


1/2 marathon training partial win

Yesterday, I tried to become a morning runner and failed, going back to sleep without even attempting to get out of bed.

This morning, I made it out of bed AND outside!

I woke early and was outside within 7 minutes of getting up. Everything I needed to put on was next to my bed, so I didn’t have to stumble around in the dark searching for everything.

I really wish I got a photo of the cat, who was sitting in bed with her eyes closed, swaying. I’m 90% sure she was still asleep. Spoiler alert: When I got home, she was laying down in that same spot, fast asleep, and didn’t appreciated me rubbing my sweaty face on her.

Anyway, I got outside. It was dark. There was a moon. I took a photo. There were very few streetlights.

photo 1

I found it really hard to get running because it was cold and everything was still sleeping. I didn’t run nearly as much as I would have liked this morning, but I’m not too worried because it was my first outside run since Round the Bays.

It was pretty nice to watch the sun slowly coming up, and definitely great to feel like I was almost the only person in the world (even if I did get scared when I saw other people). Also, that light you can see? It’s a streetlight, not the sun. Stop being excited over nothing.

photo 2

I happened to choose the most hilly route possible. That wasn’t really a good move, and next time, I’m going to pick a different one. This hill doesn’t really look like much, but believe me, hauling your ass up there at 630am is no easy feat.

photo 3

I got home at 7, after a 45 min mostly walk/small amount of run. On usual mornings, I don’t shower, so this morning I showered, at breakfast at home (usually I have breakfast at work), did some yoga, packed my gym bag for pump tonight and even loaded the dishwasher and had snuggles with the kitties. I left the house at the usual time, and I have to say, I felt pretty damn productive.

Right now it’s 11am, and I’m STARVING. Lunch can’t come soon enough. I can see that this might be one downside to morning runs, although with all the extra time I had in the morning before it was time to go to work, I could actually cook something substantial. Or even better, have two breakfasts!

My plan tonight is to go to pump, then do a 1/2hr treadmill run to make up for the lack of actually running this morning. It’s SO nice to be in and out of the gym in less than two hours so I can spend more time at home laying around watching TV.

Morning running – 4 stars. Would trade again.

1/2 marathon training fail

This morning, I missed my first scheduled run for 1/2 training. Oops. I’m the worst.

I planned a morning run, but when I woke up, it was still dark, I barely got any sleep due to an escaped cat which meant I spent nearly an hour running around the streets looking for him. My knees were sore and my legs were tired…basically, I had too many excuses.

Now of course, I wish I went. I know I’d be feeling much better if I actually just got up and ran. Now I can’t decide if I should move the run to tomorrow morning, or run tonight then again tomorrow morning.

What do you think?

1/2 marathon training

1/2 marathon training officially starts tomorrow. Shit.

Let me tell you a few things about 1/2 marathon training.

  1. I am NOT ready for this training program – The most I’ve actually run without a walk break is 1km. Tomorrow, I’m supposed to run 5km. This is awkward. My approach is to continue walk/running as I need to until I can run the whole run. I thought about pushing back 1/2 training until I could comfortably run 5km, but I think it will probably only be a couple of weeks of me actually pushing outside of my comfort zone before I can do it.
  2. I haven’t run outside or 2 weeks – I’ve been doing most of my runs on the treadmill because it’s still pretty hot outside after work. Obviously, this isn’t ideal for actually running outside on anything other than a treadmill belt. Sure, there are some people who train exclusively on treadmills, but I need to get outside.
  3. I’m really scared – It sounds totally ridiculous, but the idea of committing to a 1/2 marathon seems crazypants. I’m not really scared of the running, because I trust that my body can do it. It’s scary because I’ve committed to it. I can’t now go, oh, actually I’ll not be running this because I didn’t train enough or I don’t want to do it. They say the first step is the hardest part. I don’t know, but it’s pretty scary!



I posted my goals for 1/2 marathon training a few weeks ago. Let’s go over those again quickly now that we can be a bit more realistic.

Goal 1: Finish – this still seems like a great goal

Goal 2: Complete every run – I’m willing to make some allowances for tiredness and injury, though really skipping runs isn’t ok.

Goal 3: No injuries – I know there isn’t a failsafe method to avoid injuries, but I’m doing all I can. Rest days, cross training, strength training, yoga. Yay.

Goal 4: Run with others – good goal. Who’s gonna be my running buddy?

Goal 5: Run early – shock horror, tomorrow, I’m running in the morning. Right now it’s 11pm and I need to be out of my house running at 6, so maybe I’ll let you know how that goes :p

Goal 6: Enter races – Levin is entered, Pencarrow is still on my list. I’m also thinking of the Porirua Grand Traverse which is in April (7.5km)

Goal 7: Have fun – I’ll keep you posted. Right now, I get a huge sense of satisfaction finishing a run. I’m hoping that sticks around!

Goal 8: Keep running – another thing I’ll let you know on!

Plan for this week: 

Monday: 5km run (I’ll be happy with 4km, outside), 15km bike (gym)
Tuesday: 5km run, pump
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: pump, 15km bike (gym)
Friday: 5km run, 10km bike
Saturday: rest
Sunday: 6km run, pump (?)

Feb Summary

Here’s my summary from February:

Total workouts: 24 (2 double days)
Total km run: 78.21
Runs: 19
Pump: 8 classes/8 hours
Yoga hours: 10.5hrs (1x 90min bikram class), the rest at home
Other classes: 1 x sculpt (pilates) class, 1 x 30min circuit.
Spin: 0
Km cycled: 0
Metres swum: 0
Rest days: 6

March goals:

  • Run 100km
  • 8 Pump classes, including 1 x 9.30am Sunday class.
  • Start my 1/2 marathon training plan (um this is starting crazy soon and I’m starting to freak out a bit!)
  • Go to 1 mini 5k race (Welly/Porirua/Lower Hutt)

Thankful Thursday and Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day!

Personally, I’ve never celebrated Valentines Day (I know, what a massive sob story!). I don’t really care about it, but that’s probably more because I’ve never celebrated it to care. Maybe if I got boxes of chocolates and flowers, I’d suddenly fall in love with celebrating Valentines Day. Maybe. Definitely the way to my heart is via a box of chocolates.

Anyway, on to Thankful Thursday!

I’m thankful my legs are better

When I got my weird crampy calf issue, I was really worried that running wouldn’t work out for me. I’m very very thankful to say that I can run again, and as long as I’m careful about it, it’s not too painful. Yay for running!


Here’s what I got to see when I was out running earlier this week. Beautiful.

I’m thankful I have a goal!

I’m running a 1/2 marathon. I’m glad I have something to run for. I love planning, so it’s pretty much an all round win for me.

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I’m thankful my stomach is settling down. 

I have Crohn’s Disease, and I haven’t been having a good time for the first part of this year. Thankfully, my tummy is settling down so I’m a bit less grumpy about the world. I’m a much nicer person to be around when I’m not sick.

I’m thankful for Pump classes

My instructor, Tasha, is amazing. I love being able to tune out for an hour and lift stuff. I love being able to feel that I’m getting stronger each week, and I love the other ladies who come to the same class as me. Pump is lots of fun, and I wish I had started going earlier than this year!

I’m thankful it’s Friday eve

Some weeks are long. This is one of those weeks, where crazy busy takes over my life at work and I drink much more coffee than I intended. I’m looking forward to sleeping in on Saturday morning, that’s for sure.

Goals for 1/2 marathon training

Alrighty! So, starting ½ marathon training is getting closer and closer (well, technically one day closer than yesterday, so I guess we don’t need to panic – but it is 19 weeks today until the race, and 21 days until training starts!), so I’ve decided to set some goals for how it’s going to go down.

Goal 1:

Finish the 1/2. I don’t have a goal time; I just want to finish the race within the allowed time. The start is 9am, and the course cut off is 1pm. Even walking I should be able to finish within 4 hours, so as long as everything goes well, it should be fine.

Goal 2:

Complete every run. I know it’s not realistic to imagine that for 4 months I’ll be able to follow a schedule perfectly without having to shuffle things around, but I want to complete every run. There are a total of 63 runs in the training plan and I want to attempt them all. For this, I’ve decided that cutting short a run here and there is ok, but I don’t want to be cutting my long runs short.

This is going to mean that I have to shuffle my life around a bit as I have some events on. The weekend I’m supposed to be running 14.4km, I have a big tournament (I’m coaching) that requires me to be in the water for 8-10hrs a day. That’s going to mean either running VERY early on the Saturday morning (like, 4am) or Friday morning. Or maybe Friday evening. I have no idea, but I’m not missing it.

Goal 3:

No injuries. This means training smart. I have to keep cross training. Yoga will keep me stretchy, and pump will hopefully keep me strong. If I’m hurting, I need to deal with it right away rather than hope it gets better by itself. I need to foam roll, ice, and sleep.

Goal 4:

Run with others. At least 5 of these 63 runs I want to run with a running buddy or group. I always run alone. People are always yapping about how running with other people is cool, so I want to try it. I think giving it at least 5 runs is a good way to see if I actually like it.

Goal 5:

Run early. I’m not a morning person. At all. I love staying up late, and I hate getting up early. I want to run at least 5 runs in the morning. Who knows, maybe I’ll fall in love with it and become a morning runner!

Goal 6:

Enter races. I want to enter at least 5 races along the way. They could just be one of the 5km races that are held around the city every week, or a longer 10km run somewhere, but I want to get at least a bit of experience running in more of a race setting.

I’ve already got myself lined up for a 10km in Levin in 10 weeks, and I’m thinking of doing Pencarrow (10km) too. Originally, I was going to run Pencarrow in May (13 weeks away), then train for the Auckland ½. Now I’m accidentlally running a ½ just 7 weeks after I was going to run that 10k. Oops.

I still want to run Pencarrow, but it’s 10k and my training program says run 12.8km on that day. Can I just do another 2.8k earlier or later? Does it all have to be in 1 go? These are all questions I don’t know the answer to, but I guess I should find out.

Goal 7:

Have fun. I’m not doing this because I want to torture myself, I’m doing this because I want running to be fun. I want to be one of those people who seem to be able to run effortlessly – you know, the ones you secretly (or not so secretly) hate. I want to be able to exercise even when I’m on holiday just by taking a pair of shoes with me. I want to remember when I’m 19km into the ½ that I’m actually doing this because I want to – and the only way it’s going to be enjoyable is if I do the training and go into it prepared and fit.

Goal 8:

Keep running. I don’t want this to be my one go at racing. I want to run another ½ marathon (Auckland) later this year, and I might even consider doing a full marathon in 2014, or if not, at least continue running 1/2s.