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Training for a Half Marathon – This is the Beginning

 Training for a Half Marathon   This is the Beginning

Hey Adventurers,

I’m embarking on something I never thought I would – I’m running a half marathon. You should know I don’t run. But at the encouragement of a friend, I’m going to try it. Running a marathon is on my adventure list, so starting with a half is a good place to begin.

I’ll be participating in the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Saturday, October 1st, 2011. With only three months left to train, there’s much to be done. I’ll be documenting my progress along the way in this blog. And I’ll let you know now, you’re encouragement is highly needed. I can currently run 2 miles comfortably – 11 more to go!

In a strange signal from the universe that this is the right decision to make, just as I was about to share this news on the blog last week, I was approached by lululemon athletica. Lululemon is an athletic apparel company that will be opening a store this September at the Millenia Mall in Orlando. The company has graciously provided me with some training apparel to wear on this physical journey of mine. I’ll share more about them later in the future, but after a visit to their showroom in Winter Park, FL I am a fan and will soon let you know why you should be too.

My knowledge of running is zero. I’m looking forward to learning, sharing it with you and having an adventure in my hometown. Running is something you can do anywhere. Why not come along and run with me in your own hometown – wherever it may be?

What tips do you have to train for a half marathon? Share by commenting.

I’ll see you out there…!

Comments

Carolina @ Peas in a Blog

I ran this half marathon last year & had a great time, it’s a good one to break in your running shoes. What’s not to love about getting to eat around the world after burning a gazillion calories right? Good luck with training! :)

Feel free to reach out with any questions, I’m currently training for the NYC marathon & love to geek out about running LOL

adventureswithben

Ooooh, I’m glad you had fun. I’m not sure if I’m ready to be a geek about running yet – I’m working on it though.

RoriTravel's Florida

Good luck my friend. I’m looking forward to watching you add all those carbs to your diet! I know you’re goning to do awesome and can’t wait for you to cross that finish line! And then sleep for a week!
- R -

adventureswithben

Add carbs? Gotta go low-carb until the night before the race… I think.

Adrian B.

Wow, half marathon?! I think I’ll need at least one year of serious training to be able to do that. Anyway, I don’t think this will happen anytime soon: I’m pretty lazy when it comes to running – 1 mile every other day is enough for me! :)

Good luck with your training!

adventureswithben

One year? Yikes, I only have 3 months. Time to ramp up the training I guess.

Annie

Good luck man! I can only run 2 miles at most and then I have to lay on the floor in pass out mode x_X Reading about how many more miles you have train for made me feel like its time I need to get in shape. Haha.

Looking forward to see your progress!

adventureswithben

I generally pass out just thinking about running two miles.

inka

Ha, ha, Ben, better you than me. But trying out something one has never done before IS a great adventure. I am looking forward to hearibg how you get on.

adventureswithben

I agree. I’ll try anything once, well, almost anything.

Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista

I’ll take my hat off to you! I run 16-20 miles a week but have NO desire to run a 1/2 or full marathon. I’ll be rooting you on as you train and race though :) Good luck and good running.

adventureswithben

How much do you run/day? 20miles a week is a lot! I do about 6-8.

Laurel

Good luck! A few years ago I trained for a half marathon but sprained my ankle 7 different times while training so wasn’t able to actually run it, although I was only 3km short on my last training run. I have never sprained an ankle before and blame it on my expensive runners. There’s a huge debate about whether runners actually help or hinder your running. I would also recommend reading “Born to Run”. It’s a travel/adventure/running tips book. I loved it. Happy training!

adventureswithben

I’ll check it out on my nook. Thanks laurel – and here’s hoping I don’t have a sprained ankle!

Caanan @ No Vacation Required

Awesome Ben. I hope you find running as enjoyable as Kent and I do (we are addicted). Now, why don’t you hook some brothers up with some Lululemon – their work out clothes are covetable!

adventureswithben

I have yet to find running enjoyable, but am working on it. Come on over to Orlando and we’ll take a trip to Winter Park.

Lauren

Good luck, Ben! Impressive!! You never fail to inspire… :)

adventureswithben

Thanks Lauren. There’s always something up my sleeve, that’s for sure.

Kim

Ben!!!

You will become an awesome runner and do great things!! I said I was going to run the Boston Marathon next April (never going to happen) but maybe I’ll train for my own half for October!!!

Good luck!!