Good morning Princesses!
Time got away from me for a little bit and I just realized you have probably completed your first 5k sometime this month! Congratulations!
You took the first HUGE step of half marathon training (ok, maybe the second – the first would probably be signing up for a half marathon!). Next up will be your first 10k for a proof of time for corral placement.
I would recommend the Couch to 10k – which should have been offered after completing the 5k program. Princess POT is due by November 14th.
When I first started this process – way back when in 2013 – POT was a little later. My 10k worked out to be the same weekend the official training wanted me to run 6 miles. Don’t panic! Follow the training for the first 10k. I would think this would put you at doing a 10k sometime in late October.
Official Princess training starts October 24th. If there is overlap between the two plans, complete the 10k training first. After you’re 10k, then jump into the half marathon training 🙂
You totally got this! It’s a long string of firsts which also means it’s a long string of achievable goals. I know that kept me going as I trained!
As the miles get a little long and we start to change seasons, let’s talk about gear you may want to add to your “kit”. You already have a fitted pair of shoes (or two), a good sports bra (or 5!). But here are some things to consider:
Do you have ID? I do not run with my license on me. Instead I run with a Road ID. If something were to happen to me, medics would have some basic info about me – no allergies and my blood type – and my mom’s number. These come as bracelets, shoe tags or wearable attachments.
Need music when you run? So do I. I ran a race back in June and they had partnered with Aftershokz. What I love about these headphones – they don’t go in your ears! The speakers sit just outside your ear (so the top part of your cheek closest to your ears), leaving your ear open so you can here that dog bark or car honk or someone trying to get your attention. I run early in the morning or around dusk solo. These let me have my music while giving me piece of mind knowing I can hear everything.
Lastly, runner lights. I don’t know the technical terms for them. But I have 2 small lights I can attach to my clothes. They have 2 settings – a solid light or a strobe type effect. You can typically find these on the counter at most running stores. There are also “vests” you can purchase. They look similar to what would be worn if you are in the movie “Tron” – literally small robe lights that are made into a wearable.
There you have it friends! Keep on running and I’ll see you again at the start of half marathon training!!!