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Half Marathon Training Diary #1

April 02, 2014

Half Marathon Training Diary #1 – Couch to 5K

It’s been a while since we posted a fitness blog but if you look back to January, Gina announced that she’d be running a half marathon in October. Here’s how her training is going…

It’s been 3 months now since I started my fitness training. The end goal is running the Royal Parks London Half Marathon in October but in the meantime, it’s mostly about getting my fitness up to a decent level.

Since my running ability was approximately nil up until this year, I started off on the NHS’ Couch to 5K plan. It involves running 3 times a week and following the instructions on the free podcasts. For the first couple of months, these worked really well. The instructions were easy to follow, varied and encouraging – the music wasn’t too bad either. They got me to a stage where I could run for 25 minutes without stopping which from nothing, is not bad going.

It was fairly easy to schedule the runs although there was the odd week I’d have to skip a podcast due to other arrangements. I found this quite manageable though and it didn’t interfere with the training too much.

After about week 6 on the podcasts I found that the instructions weren’t pushing me as hard as I’d like so at this point I decided to leave the plan. From that point forward I’ve been running a couple of times a week, about 3 miles/30 minutes per time. Where I live is quite hilly so getting an accurate mileage and speed for the marathon (which is completely flat) is a bit tricky as most of my usual route is on an incline but I’m hoping this will mean I’ll find it a lot easier on the day.

My plan for the near future is to get my stamina and speed up. I want to try some flatter routes in order to be able to run for longer and faster and hope to be at 6 or 7K in under 30 minutes in the next couple of months.

I’ll be announcing my fundraising page soon so if you’d like to donate to Cancer Research UK, you’ll be able to at the click of a button. I’m also hoping to arrange some fun (and potentially tasty) fundraising activities in order to raise the £450 I need so listen out for news on those too.

/HOH x