Took My Half Marathon Training Outdoors!

I’ll admit it: I’m a treadmill runner. I live in south Florida where the weather is 90 degrees about 24 hours a day, so I tend to stay indoors. However, tonight the weather was perfect (low 70s) and the sun was shining, so I laced up and headed out the door about 35 minutes before sunset.

Normally I get home around 7pm and am famished so I have to eat dinner, let my stomach settle and then head down to the gym. Today I planned ahead and ate a good snack before I left the office so I would be able to throw my running clothes on and head out the door as soon as possible.

Pre-run snack: greek yogurt and a larabar

Whenever I do run outside I tend to head down to the beach. Tonight I decided to explore the small park in my neighborhood instead:


Part of the trail around the park took me along the Intercoastal which was really pretty. Surprisingly there were’t a lot of other runners or bikers out, but that was okay. Running in solitude was kind of nice.

I was really in solitude too. Tonight was the first time I ever ran for 30 minutes without listening to music at all! Since I was mostly by myself and it was so close to sunset I decided I better stay extra vigilant. We live in a really great neighborhood so I didn’t expect any funny business, but it’s best to be safe!

I am really pleased to say that I didn’t miss the music at all. In fact, I kind of LIKED not listening to music while running. I’m sort of in shock about that, haha.

Overall, a great second day of half marathon training! My first long run is Saturday and I’m pretty pumped up about it! Let’s do this!

What do you wish you knew the first time you started training for a half marathon? If you have a minute comment with some advice for me! πŸ™‚Β 


  1. March 30, 2013 / 6:58 pm

    I wish I’d known how important strength training was when I trained for my first half. And hill training. I trained in Florida, but ran in Philly, which rhymes with hilly for a reason, I guess.

    • March 30, 2013 / 8:25 pm

      Wow, so brave and awesome of you to run your first half in Hilly Philly. That’s something I can’t imagine tackling at this point.

      Thank you for the great advice! I take strength training very seriously (deadlifted 160lbs last week! Whoo!) but hills are not my friend πŸ™‚ I’ll be sure to take them head on whenever I come across one though… which isn’t too often in Fort Lauderdale, haha. Although bridges count as hills I think! And there is one big one that separates me from my beach!

  2. Jennifer,
    April 2, 2013 / 3:42 pm

    Sounds like you’re off to a great start! Best of luck with your half marathon training, I’m looking forward to following along. πŸ™‚

    I wish I had known that I was going to have “bad” runs from time to time, and that there was nothing I could do about it…it was so frustrating to breeze through a 6-miler one day and then struggle to finish 3 miles the next, and I couldn’t figure out what I was doing “wrong!” I’ve learned that there are so many things that can affect the quality of your run, from the weather to what you ate for breakfast to how much sleep you got the night before, so I had to figure out how to tune in to all of those little factors ALL THE TIME.

    • April 2, 2013 / 6:13 pm

      Thanks so much Jennifer! Your advice is really appreciated. I’ve just begun noticing how the little things affect my mood and mindset when running – particularly when it comes to not getting enough rest.