Week 7: Half Marathon Training

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.

Week 7: Half Marathon Training

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.

Half Marathon Training: Things That Have Helped Me

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.

Week 7: Half Marathon Training

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!

Week 7: Half Marathon Training

15 Comments

  1. Good luck!! I ran the nyc marathon last year, and you’re so right in thinking that you have to listen to your body. If you need to rest, rest and don’t feel bad about it. One thing I found while training is that you definitely need the right sneakers with a lot of cushion to protect your feet on those long distances.

    1. Your progress will come and soon you will be able to participate to a competition, why not? I understand the pain, I know how hard it is, but it’s very important to stay focused and trust yourself. Good luck!

  2. You’ve got this girl! I don’t see a marathon in my future but I do want to run more so I might have to implement some of these strategies

  3. I totally get the pain issue. I’ll have to try some of the things you listed to help out with some of my knee pain! I haven’t tried Compression socks!

  4. Oh, I’ve been there too, running and jogging. It wasn’t that easy but it really felt good afterwards. It’s just a matter of getting used to it and doing it regularly.

  5. I’m so impressed that you are doing with with no prior running experience. Shoes are so important—fit, weight, cushion. My kids all ran cross-country and track, and we learned early on not to skimp on shoes.

  6. You go girl! You got awesome determination, training is never easy. I used to do running and track and field back in high school. It’s been well over a decade and some of my records still stand. Sadly though I am unable to compete now, due to an accident that damaged my knee cap.

  7. Compression socks are everything. I’ve always wanted to train for a race and to hear you keep going makes me want to get started! Keep it up 🙂

  8. WOW you are doing an amazing job and your are going to do amazing on your race! I have always wanted to run a marathon of any size so you have definitely provided me with some motivation 🙂

  9. I am also training for a Half Marathon in September but I have been slacking over the past month and I need to get back at it so this post is perfect motivation!! I think I need to invest in a new pair of shoes (and maybe a pair of this socks you mentioned) too!

  10. I want so bad to get into running but can never find the motivation to do so! You’re definitely an inspiration!

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