I’m back: Halfmarathon Training Week 1

Last Saturday, I decided that enough is enough. Learning won’t keep me away from running anymore. I went to a 5 km long run, and it seriously felt very long. My legs hurt, and I started to question myself whether the half marathon on March 24th was a good idea. I signed up in the beginning of January, after the all in all 18 km-disaster month in December. How could I sign up for a race if I hadn’t run in 2 weeks? I had serious doubts that this was a good idea.

Then, Monday came and with it the first week of half-marathon training. I was scared. Scared that it would be too much to deal with. Scared that my knee could get insured again.

On Thursday, all doubts were blown away. I got motivated, and I now know that I can run this half marathon. It probably won’t be the one I will run under 2 hours (but that’s no problem, since I will run at least 2 more half-marathons this year), but I will finish it strong and healthy.

In order to track my training and be able to look back at it in 11 weeks, maybe even seeing what I did wrong or even right, I decided to write a weekly recap of the training.

Halfmarathon Training Recap
Week 1
10 weeks to go!


Distance: 6.65 km
Time: 40:53 min
Avg Pace: 6:09 min/km

This run felt a lot better than the one on Saturday.






Distance: 9,13 km
Time: 57:08 min
Avg Pace: 6:16 min/km

Thursdays is going to be my speed-day. I am not good in following the usual 2 km warm up, 4 km in xx pace and 2 km cool down. I want to learn how to follow a specific plan, but for now, I will run the same route every Thursday and try to be faster running it every.single.week!




Indoor Climbing


Distance: 14,53 km
Time: 1:42:45 hours
Avg Pace: 7:04 min/km
Real Pace: about 6:32 min/km

I feel great today. This is the first time I run that far since my injury in the summer. Nothing hurt. I did quite well, saw a beautiful sunset, and met a friend with her little family. Which was at kilometer 13 and explains my 13 min/km pace. I forgot to press the pause button on my Garmin, but it was worth it, since I saw her 2-weeks old son for the first time. What a cutie.

yep, no warm-up or cool-down. see what I meant before? I am working on it.

The most important part of today’s run: I am more than confident that I will be able to run 21,0975 km on March 24th. I can’t wait to train next week.

In conclusion:

Runs: 3
Kilometers: 30.31 km

Let’s see what next week will bring!

About Nina

a 20-something girl, full-time student trying to become a runner. Thanks for visiting my site!
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5 Responses to I’m back: Halfmarathon Training Week 1

  1. Kara says:

    I like the recap idea! I’ve had runs like that, where you feel like there’s no way you could run a race…but you just gotta push though; the next run is usually 10x better! Good luck with training!

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