It’s been over a month since I posted about my training for the Lincoln Half Marathon. I wanted to give an update and let everyone know that it’s still the hardest physical challenge I’ve ever done. I would encourage everyone to do it, but maybe think a little more about it than I did before you sign up.
When I last posted, I had skipped a few work outs and wasn’t really sure how I was going to get through the next ten weeks. Well, I can still say that I have no idea how I’m going to get through this process, except now there’s only four weeks left. Thankfully I can also say I haven’t skipped any more workouts. I’ve moved runs around and made things work with my schedule, but no skipping. That’s a pretty big deal.
I am also very happy to report that I can now run more than a mile without walking! I’m up to about two and a half, which definitely isn’t 13.1, but it’s the furthest I’ve ever ran at one time in my entire life.
Now let me update you on my shoe situation. A few weeks ago I started getting pretty bad shin splints and cramping in my calf. It became very frustrating because my lungs felt like they could go further, but my legs couldn’t. After talking to a few avid runners I decided to consult the best in running shoes. In Lincoln, Nebraska, that means paying a visit to Lincoln Running Company. Everyone there is an expert and wants to help people at all fitness levels.
After someone watched me walk and decided what kind of support I needed, I tried on three different brands: Nike, New Balance and Brooks. They even let me take the shoes for a little jog outside around the store. I tried to really pay attention to how my feet felt in each shoe. I knew right away that the Nike shoe felt the best, but walked around in the others for quite a while just to be sure.
These bad boys are what I ended up with. Green isn’t necessarily my go-to color, but it’s different so I went with it.
As I was about to start my first run after getting the new shoes, I was nervous the shin splints would still come, so I did a few stretches that the folks at Lincoln Running Company recommended to me after I told them about the problems I’d been having.
My legs were absolutely exhausted after the eight mile run I had to do, but no shin splints or calf cramps! So, a big thank you to Lincoln Running Company for the fantastic stretching advice and great shoes!
Eight weeks into my Hal Higdon training program, I’ve learned that getting through this process as someone who has never ran before, depends on my attitude. Staying positive is one hundred percent necessary. I’ll admit I’m not positive every day, and sometimes I question how I’m going to get through 13.1 miles on race day, but I’m starting to believe in myself a little more everyday.