Half Marathon Training: Week 3 Almost Done!

I’m now knee deep into week 3 of my half marathon training! One thing I’ve noticed as of late is that I require a lot less water during my runs than I used to.

Just last month I upgraded to a lager Camelbak because I would go through all the water in the smaller one before I even got to the end of my workout. When I first started using the new, larger bottle I would go through the entire thing by the end of my run. Now I barely take a few sips:

my water bottles

Pictured above is my old, smaller water bottle and my new water bottle showing the amount I consumed during my last run. Bizarre! Is this normal? Is there such a thing as the body learning to handle hydration better? I had no idea this would eventually happen! I thought I was just a really thirsty runner! It’s kind of cool : )

Regarding the actual half marathon training, things are going really well. Almost too well and I’m starting to wonder if the beginner plan I chose is actually the right plan for me (Jeff Galloway’s 22 Week Beginner Plan).

I definitely still think of myself as a beginning runner – I’ve been doing this for less than a year – and I’m pretty slow. But, the truth is, I’ve been doing this seriously for 6 months and all together for 10 months. Maybe that means I’m not a beginner and I should upgrade to a more advanced plan?

Basically, on Tuesdays and Thursdays I run for 30 minutes (not including warmup/cool down) and then on Saturdays I do a long run.

Running for only 30 minutes two days a week feels a little bit … like it’s not enough. But then again I’ve only been doing this for 2.5 weeks and it could be that you have to save your strength for the long weekend run. Especially when those long weekend runs get reeeeally long.

Also, I should probably be doing harder speed drills in my short runs to get more out of them.

Well, looks like I just talked myself into an answer : )

I’m looking forward to my long run this weekend! I watched Running the Sahara on Netflix last night and thinking about those guys really inspired me on my run tonight. Hoping to take that inspiration into Saturday!



  1. Ali Kearney
    April 14, 2013 / 12:43 am

    If things seem too easy and you’re early into the plan, there’s no harm in adding another weekday run, or even some speed training. But it’s nice as the weekend miles stack up to have low-mileage during the week, because it helps prevent injury and gives you ample time for recovery.

    • April 14, 2013 / 3:19 am

      Hi Ali, thanks so much for the advice. I did notice that during today’s long run my legs felt really fresh until the last mile which was really nice. If I had been pushing myself harder during the week that might not have been the case.

      I am going to make sure I’m getting in at least one day of speed training during the week. Other than that, for now I’m going to keep the short runs at 30 minutes and see how it goes!