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Crunch Time – 13 Point Freaking 1

I’m officially in my last two full weeks of half marathon training before taper week. I can’t believe how fast this has gone. I started training the week of Christmas and the farthest I had run up until that point was 7 miles and that was back in the warm weather in the summer. If you would have told me at this time last year that I would be running a half marathon and actually feel prepared for it I would have said you were crazy. I’m telling you, if you train properly and stick to it you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. In fact, training has been going so well I signed up for Half Marathon #2 and #3. Adding the Rock N Roll Chicago Half Marathon and the Naperville Half Marathon to the schedule just because I can. Never thought I would say that!

I have been posting some pretty good times on my treadmill runs, but I almost feel that it is easier because I set the pace I want to run and just push myself to keep going. Part of me thinks it will be harder when I have to physically keep resetting my pace instead of relying on the speed of the treadmill. Does that make sense? Does anyone have experience with this? What are your thoughts?

My other dilemma is what to bring/take for energy and when to take it. I tried EnergyBits on my long run on Sunday and to be honest I was not a fan. I have a horrible time taking pills (yes I am a 31 year old big baby) and I had a really hard time getting them down. So before my half I need to try GU and other options. What are your favorites? Should I take it right before or during? Right now on my long runs I’m not taking anything but I make sure I time my long runs for optimal times. Not sure I have that luxury on race morning.

Thanks in advance for all of your tips and suggestions. If I haven’t told you lately, you guys really do rock! 🙂


P.S. I get a lot of questions asking what training plan I’m using. I am usingHal Higdon’s Intermediate Half Marathon training and really like it. It gives me the flexibility to move things around which is needed with my work schedule! Check it out here.

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