Sunday, March 10, 2013

My Must Have Running Gear | Week 2 of 10 Weeks to a Half Marathon


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Every week between now and early May, I will be charting my progress as I train for my next half marathon in Pittsburgh. I'll post everything about my training from the actual distances to what I wear to how I stay hydrated, nourished and entertained while running.

My Must Have Gear

I don't leave the house with my gear.
  1. Mizuno Wave Rider Running Shoes. I am a strong believer in high quality running shoes when you are running high mileage. There's nothing wrong with buying cheaper sneakers, but you get what you pay for and I've had less injuries since I started investing a little more money to buy better shoes. I buy my running shoes at a local running store where everyone on staff is an experienced runner. They have given me a lot of advice over the years and  they also led me to Mizuno's. This is my second pair and I LOVE them.
  2. My Nike shades.
  3. Timex Ironman Watch
  4. iPhone.
  5. Belkin Armband for my Apple iPhone.
  6. Sony Ear Buds.
  7. a hat. If it's cold, I wear the blue Adidas hat that covers my ears. Otherwise, I wear a baseball cap, usually my Life is Good running hat.
  8. During the cold weather months, I always wear my gloves.

I store all of the gear, except for my iPhone, in a bin in our garage. Everything is ready to go when I head out the door.

My Week 2 Workouts:

  • Monday: 3 mile run outside, easy pace -
  • Thursday: 3 mile run outside, easy pace
  • Friday: 1 hour of yoga at the Y
  • Saturday: 3 mile run outside, easy pace
  • Saturday: 5 mile run outside, run at conversational pace
I ran a 10 minute pace all week. Week 2 is over and it marks the end of the easy workouts. Every run in the first two weeks was  at an easy pace, but that changes with week 3. It's time to kick it up a notch.

Training Plan for Upcoming Week 3

  • Monday: 3 miles, easy pace.
  • Wednesday: 5 miles with 2 miles at tempo pace.
  • Thursday: 3 miles, easy pace.
  • Friday: 1 hour yoga at the Y.
  • Saturday: 6 miles, run at conversational pace

Tempo pace is when you run a portion of your workout at a faster pace. This article in Runner's World explains it well. In my past training, I just ran my 10 minute pace through out the entire 10 weeks. I didn't push myself to run much faster than that. Now that I have a goal of beating a particular time, not just finishing a race, I need to increase my pace with these tempo runs. I have no way of timing that pace and I currently do not have a heart rate monitor to track my output, so I'm just going to push myself to run a faster pace.

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A note about my training plan: The half marathon training plan that I follow is designed for beginners. Although, it is advised that you do not start using the 10 week training plan until you are able to run 6 miles. If you are new to running, start by training for a 5k. There is plenty of information online to help you with 5k training.

Are you training for a particular race? How is your training going? Let us know in the comments.

This post is linked to Motivation Monday and Busy Monday and Fitness Friday.

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  1. Have you tried using MapMyRun? It will tell you your pace as you finish each mile, plus it's free for the iPhone. My only beef is that sometimes the pace doesn't sound right, though you can figure it out from the total time so far.

    Thanks for linking up at Motivation Monday!

    1. Thanks for the tip. I will definitely check out that app.

  2. Hi and welcome to Jill's Fitness Friday :) I'm training for my first 50 miler and training is going great...this week ;)

  3. Great information! Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday!

  4. I am just this week getting back into running from a few months forced off for some tendonitis, but gonna get back on track to finish up my 50 state marathon goal! I use Mizuno Wave Rider shoes too right now. My other favorites (Saucony & Nike keep changing the stupid shoe to a new update I don't like. Totally hate that! At least Mizuno Wave so far hasn't changed anything!


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