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Half Marathon for the Beginner: 7 Days until the race

I’ve written about training, nutrition, hydration and the gear you need. We’ve been training for a few months now and we have one week to go. What now?

This is the weekend before the big race. We want to hit our distance and pace targets next weekend. So, we have to start allowing our bodies to recover and be at full strength and health on race day.

There is always the thought for the novice runner that you have one more week to train and gain. But at this point, if you push a long run this weekend, you’ll take recovery time away from your body and it won’t be able to perform at the highest level next weekend. So any gain you might get from an extra long run this weekend won’t be realized in the result.

Here’s the plan I’ll be using for the second year.

This weekend, a week before the race, my long run will only be 8.5 miles max. I’ll have to force myself to stop. We will all be tempted to go ahead and run to 9 miles or round off to 10 miles. Don’t do it. Leave something in the tank as hard as it may be.

If you are like me you probably did 10 miles last week and probably 11 miles the week before that at the pace we wanted. We can do it. You don’t have to prove to anyone that you can do it again the week before the race.

The week of the race, our mid-week routine is going to switch up too. Instead of 3 to 5 miles on Tuesday and Thursday and cross training cardio 40 minutes on Friday, we are only going to run 2 to 3 miles on Monday and then run 2 miles max on Wednesday.

Do your cross training cardio on Tuesday for 30 minutes max on the bike (something sitting). It is also fine to skip leg day for this week (but just this week), and don’t work on your core in the weight room after Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will simply be passive recovery days.

Remember, hydration starts at least 2 days before the race and the big carb meal is also 2 days before the race, with a smaller carb meal the night before.

You’ve probably heard that one guy say he just goes out and runs and doesn’t think about all this. Well, that’s his thing. Maybe I’m not a natural runner, I have to train for it and prepare for it. I’ve made mistakes before my long training runs that I don’t want to repeat. I made mistakes before my last half marathon (drinking too much within an hour before the race) that I don’t want to repeat. Hopefully you can learn from my experience and be ready to run.

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Running The Life Marathon #KeepOnKeepingOn

The New Testament writers were inspired to use sports analogies on several occasions.

Paul writes about finishing the race in 2 Timothy. This year I ran my first half marathon and I now better understand what Paul’s intentions were when writing this passage.

The first time that you run a distance of 13.1 miles and finish in a time under two hours, you experience several stages of physical discomfort and mental doubt along the way. In preparation I did several shorter distance training runs before the attempt, but actual race day has its own obstacles that can thwart your pace goals.

This is similar to life as we steadily hurdle through our timeline to our final breath. Yet with this current body we only get one shot at the life marathon. Your life marathon training happens along the route, so don’t miss the training stops in the ultra-marathon of life.

In the life marathon we are not trying to finish faster to reach a PR, we are trying to find crowns along the journey. We are collecting treasure that is incorruptible and payable upon first death. Although, earning a crown in this life can bring joy and new energy while we are still in the race, similar to a gel pack in a long run.

During our life marathon we also train our physical bodies in part to help extend the life marathon. Remember the goal is to fulfill God’s purpose for your life which has a base goal of the Great Commission which is to make disciples, baptize them, and teach Jesus’ commands. (Matthew 28:18-20).

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.
2 Timothy 4:7‭-‬8 NASB