The Running Realtor: Approaching my first Half Marathon

A blend of ramblings about Real Estate & Running around New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline

Approaching my first Half Marathon

Do you have trouble finding time for your exercise routine?  Dan Cummings - Madison Turkey Trot Finish - 2006

In the fall of 2005 I started walking and completed my first 2 mile event at the Madison Turkey Trot with the first snow of the season covering the ground. 

One year later my long distance goal was the 5 miler on Thanksgiving Day in Madison.  No snow at the 2006 race but instead we had a hard rain with 30 mph winds and a temp of 40. Even with the chilly conditions I ran in shorts and managed to maintain my 5k pace for the 5 mile rainy race.

Back in January before I discovered ActiveRain I set my running Goal for 2007.  The plan was to increase mileage and run a half marathon ( 13.1 miles ).  The selected event is quickly approaching and my training has slacked off quite a bit since finding ActiveRain. Looking back at my log during the winter I was running 4 or 5 times a week for a total of about 30 miles. 

Once I was infected with Blob-Butt my running dropped to about 15 miles a week.  Memorial Day weekend I picked up the pace and tried my first long distance training run of almost 12 miles.  It felt ok and I completed the same course today so I should ready for the Fairfield Half Marathon.

Wondering how I should proceed during the next two weeks. My thought is to continue with 5 miles runs every other day and go into the long race with 3 days rest.  Any words of wisdom are welcome.

Comment balloon 25 commentsNo Longer Active • June 08 2007 07:28PM

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Dan,

Your plan makes sense, you should be feeling better than ok.

Make sure you eat right so your blog butt wont get in the way! LOL! ;)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) about 11 years ago
I promised my husband to never run in public again - you would have to hear him tell the story - it did stop traffic on a major highway - but - my treadmill is starting to see some action - keep up the great work - taking care of ourselves is always put on the back burner - good for you putting as a priority - keep it up
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) about 11 years ago
I have the utmost respect for the fact your doing this. Back in the 80's I worked with a guy that was doing like 26-27 miles at a time when he ran. Drink lot's of fluids! Corona is my choice! 
Posted by Danny Smith (DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES) about 11 years ago

Dan, it sounds like a good plan.

With two weeks to go, you could still do a long run this weekend. Even next weekend. Try to go the entire distance (13.1 miles), or even longer. Unlike the marathon, you don't need a long taper.  In the last 3-4 days leading up to the half, go heavy on the carbs, and hydrate well. The most important thing is the 2 days before.  Get a good night's sleep.

Good luck.

 

 

Posted by Leon Austin, Colorado Springs Mobile Notary (Mobile Notary Services) about 11 years ago

Suzanne...Maybe I need a massage to feel better than ok... a little sore in the upper ars

Thesa...Sounds like a subject for one of your Real Estate Shows or go for the money on funny home videos.

Danny...I may try the 26 miles of a full marathon some day.  The Corona's come after the run.

Leon...Thanks for the tips.. Was wondering if it was better to continue running or resting before the race.  Good nights sleep are tough to come by but I will certainly try.

 

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Dan,

I was looking for the massage group to help you out, no luck yet! :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Dan, no words of wisdom here, but I do want to say good luck somebody has to represent us old guys out there.
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 11 years ago

Suzanne...You can cancel the search... time heals

George...There is a 5k coming to Middletown in mid July... You still have time to train.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago
YAH right 5K.  It might as well be 500K, and here I thought that you were a nice guy and liked me.........LOL
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 11 years ago
George... I cannot think of anything nicer than looking out for your health.... They also have a kids fun race and since your hair is so dark you may still qualify if you shave.... LOL
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Dan, nice try but if you don't mind I will keep the mustache and watch you run in the race instead :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 11 years ago

I'm running 10K three days a week.  I walk often. Hey, I'm out there doing it and have no desire to set records.  LOL 

I don't love running, I love eating.  I run so I can eat!

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) about 11 years ago
I'm not setting any records either and I've been known to eat...  My youngest son still talks about that Florida restaurant where the chef came out to see who ordered a double meal... We were visiting my in-laws and they eat so damn early that the menu said half portion,  being a numbers guy I figured two half's make one whole meal..... LOL
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago

LOL @ Dan.

Did you ever get the nike+?

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) about 11 years ago

No Chris... That would mean new shoes and a new ipod and so on... I'm in the belt tightening cycle of real estate.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago

I like New Balance shoes and I'm considering pulling up the insole and creating a space for the NIke chip.  It took me some doing to get use to the Nike after wearing NB for 10+ years.

I'm all about the belt, too!  ;P

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) about 11 years ago
Chris... Didn't know you were the engineering type....  Could you use a small container and just attach it with the laces?
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago
I"m thinkin' at worst I could medical tape it to my ankle.  Just like house arrest baby!
Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) about 11 years ago
So that's what I have blog butt, wow all of your runners impress me, I walk long distances a few times a year, but I don't think I could run a 5k.
Posted by Beth Bastian, Simi Valley Real Estate (Rosemont Financial Inc) about 11 years ago

Dan,

How the training going? I hope you are staying focused while enjoying your weekend away! ;p

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Suzanne...

Training is not going great.  I did a few 12 mile runs last week and it was a little to much to fast.  About 8 miles in I could feel knee pain starting and after nearly a weeks rest it remains.  I hate to postpone but think my long run may have to wait until the fall.  I might try a 5 miler today and see how it feels

On a bright note... The weekend weather was fantastic and gave my tan a much needed boost.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Dan,

Lots of ice! I'm glad you finally got some sunshine! :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Suzanne...  In addition to fitness and nutrition are  you knowledgeable on injuries?  When I first started running I used to ice my left knee after each run but eventually discontinued the practice.  Wondering if ice always helps or if it is only useful when pain is noticeable.
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Dan,

I'm pretty lucky, no injuries! I have no idea when it comes to injuries, you should have it checked out!

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Suzanne,

I'm a bit on the conservative side and don't need to spend money to hear the doctor say try a few Advil & rest a few weeks. Problem is from increasing mileage to fast on the banked road surface. I did find another stretch while researching the pain so I will incorporate that into my routine.... Live & Learn...

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago

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