My First 8k and A Potentially Crazy Idea

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I ran the Run Like a Girl 8k in Richmond this past weekend. It was my first trail race and so much fun! The trail was in a beautiful state park...but it was so hilly! Since I didn't really train for this (at all) I didn't want to push myself too hard. I walked up a few of the really difficult hills and finished in 54 minutes.




It was a little warm out, but because of the antibiotic I'm taking for the stupid tick bite I had to wear long sleeves and TONS of sunscreen. The medicine makes my skin super sensitive to the sun. I went for a run one morning last week at about 6 am and when I got home my legs looked like I had a serious sunburn or heat rash! Luckily it went away in about an hour. I was so worried it would happen again this weekend, but luckily I finished the race just as pale as I began it!

(Apparently I make odd faces when I run...)

There is another Run Like a Girl 8k in October that I'm thinking of running. I am in love with races...I want to find more! A few weeks ago I was looking for races online (trying to find something in Florida around Thanksgiving) and I came upon the Women's Half Marathon in St. Pete.

I'm thinking about running it! (Which I realize might be a little crazy since I just ran my first 5 mile race...) I would definitely have to train for this one (which I have no idea how to do) and I don't really care if I ended up walking a little. It would be amazing to run a race without hills too! Opinions?! Is this a crazy idea? How do you train for a half marathon?

18 comments:

  1. I toyed with the idea of running a half marathon, but once I started running over four miles on a regular basis, my body started falling apart! Good luck to you though--and congrats on the race :)

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  2. If you can run five miles, you can absolutely run a half marathon! Look online for training plans--there are tons out there for various levels. Hal Higdon's plans are really popular, and I've found them to be really good. I love races too! And I love destination races, because they're something to look forward to. The half marathon is a great distance because it's long enough to be challenging but short enough that it doesn't take over your life like a full marathon does. Go for it!

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  3. Congratulations - that is fabulous! That's hard that the meds make your skin really sensitive, but at least it didn't effect you during the race. I say go for the half marathon, but I have no clue how to train for one! Good luck!

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  4. Congrats! & good luck in the future! I am an indoor runner at heart because I started running during Ohio winters while I was in college. I love to do outdoor races, but they are always brutal because I can push myself so much faster&harder on a machine!

    Love your blog!

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  5. Congrats and I say go for it!

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  6. Girl, your calves are ripped! Yeah, races can get addicting. From February to May last year I think I ran in about six races, then I got pregnant and stopped racing altogether. I need to run in one again. They are so much fun. I would sign up for it, if I were you! Definitely a good goal. :)

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  7. CONGRATS!! :)

    I'm training for the Womans 1/2 Mary in St. Pete! I think a few other bloggers are going to join me aswell! You should do it!! :)

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  8. Congratulations! I am so impressed and inspired! I need to get out there and running too ;)

    I hope you are having a good day!

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  9. You are not crazy you are a runner! (It's so addicting isn't it?) You should have plenty of time between now and November to train. Let me know if you ever have any questions about training i'm full of information!

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  10. Congrats on the 8K... and you should absolutely do a half marathon... I did my first one this year and although it was hard it was lots of fun! you can get a great beginner half marathon training plan for free from Hal Higdon... just google Hal Higdon Half Marathon and you'll find his website... very easy to follow and very informative!

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  11. I am training for a half marathon right now and it is my first one! I haven't ever done one before either so i am kind of nervous/excited! If you need a plan this guy, Hal Higdon is the best from what i've heard! Here is a link to his plan!
    http://www.halhigdon.com/halfmarathon/novice.htm
    Good luck!

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  12. Run the Half! You'll feel so wonderful after. I followed a program thru the Running Room (not sure if there's one in your area). Basically it was 3 shorter runs during the week and then 1 long, SLOW run every weekend. Start at 4-5 miles and then add each week until you get close to a Half's distance.

    Let me know if you have any questions - I'll be cheering you on from afar!

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  13. Congrats on the race!! I don't run so I don't have any real advice on doing a half miler but I say go for it!!!

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  14. they definitely have training regimens online, i'd just google it!! couldn't tell you personally cuz i HATE running. however i do know that doxy made me get burnt too. hopefully you're in the clear soon!

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  15. Wow, good for you, that is an amazing accomplishment! And you are *not* crazy thinking about doing a half, not at all.

    Congratulations!
    tp

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  16. congrats on your race. I think you are more than ready for a half! I signed up for one in october, then got injured right after. hoping I don't have to forfeit my registration!

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  17. Congratulations on your 8k! It sounds like you're well on the way to doing a half!

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