I am 7 weeks into my half marathon training!
I am currently following Jeff Galloway’s training program. I decided to start with his 5k program, because I don’t have any previous running experience.
Galloway’s program focuses on the run/walk method. This entails running in intervals, that way you don’t exhaust yourself in the beginning of the race. It is also ideal for beginners because it helps reduce your risk of injury. He suggests starting with 1 minute running/ 1 minute walking, and you can adjust those times once you find your groove.
For 4 weeks now, I have been consistently completing a 5k on the weekend. I do my shorter runs on Mondays and Wednesdays. Slowly but surely, I have been able to extend my running times without feeling tired.
Bumps in the road
Unfortunately, I have been struggling with pain in legs and feet. I don’t always have pain, but there have been a few days where I have had to rest and switch up my original training days.
The last thing I want to do is overdo it early on and end up injuring myself. I have learned to listen to my body and give it what it needs.
What has helped me:
- KT tape
- RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
- Proper fitting shoes
- Compression socks! These have been a key to my running journey. I found this pair on Amazon, and I plan to buy more in the future.
- Foot massage ball: I was feeling disheartened by my foot pain a few weeks ago, so I made a trip to my local running store. They recommended I try this massage ball to release the tension. I noticed a difference immediately after using it, and now I roll my feet when I am sitting on the couch and watching TV.
There may have been a few difficulties, but I know that most of them come with the territory of being a beginner.
One thing that has surprised me is how much I love running! I dreaded running growing up, and I didn’t expect to take to it the way I have. I’ve even found myself being bummed on recovery days.
Jeff Galloway’s half marathon program takes around 19 weeks, so I still have some time before I need to start that program. Right now I am focusing on building up my endurance and being consistent.
Alright, time to go for my run!