Sheryl Jesin

Half-Marathon Training – Weeks 2 and 3


So I’m already 3 weeks into my half marathon training…just 9 weeks left until the big day!  It is hard to believe that in just over 2 months I will be running the longest distance I have ever run  – 13.1 miles.  Up until now, the longest I’ve gone is 10k or about 6 miles, so I will be doubling that distance plus a bit.  Yikes!!

I managed to get in all of my planned runs in weeks 2 and 3.

Week 2 had me running 2 miles, 3 miles, 3 miles and 5 miles.

Week 3 had me running 2 miles, 3 miles, 3 miles and 6 miles.

I did the 6 miler today.   It was a fairly mild but windy day in Toronto today, and somehow I had the bright idea of running the 6 miles on my parents’ treadmill.   This turned out to be a very bad idea.  2 miles in I was bored out of my mind and also too hot!  I’ve really gotten used to the cold running temps and running in room temperature with no breeze did not feel nice at all.

So after 2 miles I bundled up and headed outside to finish up the final 4 miles.  Much much much better!  Part of the reason I love running so much is that it gives me a chance to get outside in the winter, when I normally would be inside.

Week 4 will be a step back week where my long run is only 4 miles.   This will give my body a chance to rest up a bit before the next week, where I will be attempting 7 miles – my longest distance to date.  I really enjoy the challenge of the long runs.  I know that I need to work on my speed because I am SO SLOW (12 minute miles??!!) but for now I don’t want to get injured, so slow it is!

Related to injuries, I’m never quite sure when my running shoes are worn out.  I find they tend to last me around 4-6 months and towards the last few weeks of their life, I start to get weird aches and pains.  For the last 2 weeks I’ve been feeling a twinge of a pain in my left ankle after a run and I wasn’t sure if it was because I have been running a lot, or because my shoes are worn out.

I’ve been wearing my current pair since September, so I decided to treat myself to some new shoes this week.  I stopped by my local Running Room  and purchased a pair of Mizuno Wave Elixir 7s.   Tried them out today on my 6 mile run and they were amazing!!!

They are really light weight but still provide support for over pronators, such as myself.  It also doesn’t hurt that they are purple with a fun tiger print pattern that is a bit 80s but kinda cool!   My ankle is feeling good, so it appears that my new shoes were actually a need, rather than just a want.

Have you purchased any fun new running gear lately?

8 thoughts on “Half-Marathon Training – Weeks 2 and 3

  1. I agree with you about treadmills. Running in the cold is a bazillion times better than running on a treadmill.

    As for speed training, I could never never never do any of that on my own. Back in the days when I was seriously (or seriously-ish) training, I did a weekly speed workout with the New York Road Runners Club. I bet you could find something similar in Toronto, if you want.

    • I would love to do something like that but I find that with two kids, the timing of my runs during the day tends to be spontaneous and revolve around feeding, sleeping, etc so I don’t think I would be able to meet with a club right now. One day…….

      • I thought of that after I left my comment. My days training with NYRR were long, long before I became a mom. These days I’m lucky to get in a couple runs each week, so I’m impressed with — and inspired by — your current training!

      • I decided to push myself today and did a tempo 2 mile run…clocked in at around 10:30min/mile (this is while pushing a heavy toddler in a heavy stroller)…I felt proud!!

      • how familiar a statement- training revolves around naps and eating etc. some awesome speed training still totally possible on your own.
        I like 3 mins hard run followed by 3 mins easier jog. Or if your not a clock watcher but you listen to music: one song fast to get breathless one song easier jog. Alternate 3-5 times.
        Ps I think 12 min miles is awesome for your first half

      • Good suggestions! I think I will try incorporating some speed work. It will keep things interesting!

  2. I love this blog! So much in common:
    I am signed up for a half in April and also recently purchased the same Mizuno running shoes! Love them! Mine are bright turquoise. Like you said – they are light weight and help my pronation tremendously!
    (I am a personal trainer and fitness manager turned stay at home mommy so I will try not to go on and on)
    This will be my second half- marathon but first post pregnancy. I am hoping some foot problems will dissipate quickly as I am 35 pounds heavier since 5 weeks of bedrest with my last pregnancy. We love our jogging stroller and bundle up in the cool weather.
    What do you do with your kiddos while jogging?
    For my last half I spent one day on the treadmill for 2 hours straight – just to make sure I could do it mentally- but you’re Right- it’s he outdoor running that is what it’s all about. ❤ happy training momma!

    • I love hearing from other moms who run…thanks for sharing your experience with us!
      Generally during the week I push my 1 yr old in the stroller while I run and my 4 yr old is at school. I try to do my long runs on the weekend on my own.

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