Friday Five: 5 Things I Learned Training For My First Half Marathon

I’m linking-up with DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DCCynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run again today! This week’s theme is a Free Friday so I’m chatting about 5 Things I Learned Training For My First Half Marathon.

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I’m not yet a first-time half marathon finisher, but I’m nine, short days away! Since this week’s Friday Five theme was a freebie, I decided to take a look back at what I’ve learned over the past 11 weeks. (I also wrote 5 Things I Learned as a New Runner a few months back).

  1. Be flexible, but don’t make excuses. Schedules change; things come up! Go with the flow. You can’t always follow a training plan to a T, but you can do your best to adjust. Get into a routine, and don’t let day-to-day happenings be an excuse to miss a run.
  2. Follow your own pace. The goal is to finish the race; speed and PRs can come later! In the beginning of my training, it was really hard to accept my run/walk method, but I believe slowing down is what allowed me to run how I do now. Also, don’t worry about other people are running. You’re training for a half marathon! You’re doing great.
  3. Running isn’t the only thing that will get you to the start line. Strength train. Foam roll. Bike. Walk. Hike. Stretch. Sleep. Find something you like doing aside from running. These things add up and will keep you running long after the first half marathon.
  4. It’s okay not to love training every minute of the process. Some days (weeks) are hard, but you need to keep chugging through the miles and the extras (see above). Your body will thank you the next week when you’re head is back in the game.
  5. Celebrate the little things. Some mornings, simply getting out of bed and ready for a run before 7am was an accomplishment. Other days, it was running 9 miles for the first time! Or crossing that finish line! Running is humbling.We deserve to celebrate the wins (big + small) as they come.

What are some lessons you learned training for a new distance?

11 thoughts on “Friday Five: 5 Things I Learned Training For My First Half Marathon”

  1. Such a great list, Victoria; I’m so excited for you!! It has definitely taken me some time (or maybe discipline??) to realize that running is not the ONLY important thing to worry about before getting to the start/finish line; as I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that I certainly benefit from some strength training, foam rolling, etc., like you’ve mentioned above. I’m glad you’ve figured this out before I did – ha! You’re going to do great! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  2. These are great lessons! You will no doubt rock the socks off this race. Best of luck!!! First time races are so incredible so soak up every moment!


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