Long Beach Half Marathon Training – Last Update!


Here it is, dear readers: my last half marathon training update before the Long Beach Half Marathon in October!  I’m on track, and have finally settled into my training.  It hasn’t been easy, but I’m getting it done.

The tough part, recently, has been the heat.  It’s been friggin’ hot.  And while it’s true that I think anything above 75 degrees is hot, the past few weekends (when I do my longer training walks) we’ve had temperatures in the high 80’s and low 90’s.  I know this isn’t that hot compared to temperatures in some other places around the country, but when you combine the blazing sun with me walking pretty quickly you get an overheated Melody.  I’m hoping for cooler temperatures in the coming weeks since my long walks will hit 9, 11, and 13 miles.  I’m also hoping for cool weather on race day!

Here’s what I’ve done since my last half marathon update:

Six 3-mile walks
One 5-mile walk
Three 7-mile walks

Total: 44 miles

I’ll likely post about the half marathon after I’ve done my 13.1 miles in Long Beach.  I’m considering a switch to 10K races after that, for time management reasons – it’s kind of hard to scratch out time for the longer walks now that I’m blogging.  With a 6.2 mile race instead of 13.1 I would focus on speed, since the distance isn’t much of a challenge.  I guess we’ll see what happens – all I know is I’ve got to keep moving, one way or another.  Are there any other walkers or runners our there?  What is your preferred race distance?

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted September 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm by Evette Rice | Permalink

    Melody, more power to you ! I wish I could run—I wish I could walk. I am in a power chair and two or three steps (with something on which to hold) is my limit! But I am happy for those who can.
    In Jacksonville, FL—20 miles south of me—there is a marathon every year called Running for Donna!
    Donna is a three time cancer survivor and has set up the Donna Hicken Foundation for people undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The foundation takes care of those who can’t meet a mortgage payment, etc, while they are in treatment! People come from all over the world for this run! Maybe, one day, you will come, too! Best wishes, Melody!

  2. Posted September 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm by Ellen | Permalink

    Wonderful Melody! I so agree over 75 and no breeze, I’m not a fan. I’m originally from Maine, now living in the south, NCarolina. Humidity does me in~ I like 5 ml stretches at a time!~

    Go Melody; I’m here to cheer you on ;D

  3. Posted September 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing with me – best wishes to you health and mobility-wise!. I’d love to participate in the Running for Donna event – it sounds wonderful! I was just talking about half marathoning with hubby the other day, and mentioned that one of the reasons that I do these endurance walks is because I can. I know I’m so blessed to have the mobility and strength that I do, and I don’t take it for granted. A dear friend of mine has been confined to a wheel chair since we were in our teens, and I keep her – and others – in mind as I’m walking. Sore muscles? No big deal. I’m thankful for each step I take…

  4. Posted September 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Ooh, Maine! I hope to visit there one day, and yes – North Carolina would be much warmer, wouldn’t it? (I visited Cary some years back) 5 miles is a great distance! Thank you for commenting, and for cheering me on!