Half Marathon Training {August 31-September 6}


August 2014 was not my favorite month in the entire world. I was sick for a good long while (like 20 days, and it was miserable) and my shin splints were really bothering me but IT IS ALL BETTER and I ran last week! Hooray!

September 2: This was my first run after nearly a month so I was nervous how it was going to go. From what I’ve read, shin splints are most often caused in new runners by increasing milage too quickly. So I decided to take things very slow this week. I started by walking five minutes, jogging five minutes, and walked the rest of the way back to our house (those last few minutes). I was going to go longer and do another five-minute jog, five-minute walk, but Gracie decided to shit in someone’s yard so I had to come home, get a bag, and go back to pick it up. Apparently our yard wasn’t good enough for Gracie. Ha!


September 3: I did the same sort of pacing this time…walk five minutes, jog five minutes, repeat. My shins felt good. I think the compression sleeves are helping. My calves were feeling pretty tight so I made sure to stop and stretch whenever I felt the need because I do not want shin splints again. I repeat…I do not want shin splints again.


  • Mile 1 – 16:58
  • Mile 2 – 14:29


September 6: I think that one of the things I did bad in July was run back-to-back days. I should have taken a day in between runs and I think that helped me on this run. I did another work out of walking five minutes, running five minutes and repeating. This was my longest distance yet and it felt good. I’m looking forward to the next week when I’ll up the running minutes and lower the walking ones.


  • Mile 1 – 14:43
  • Mile 2 – 12:14


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