Race Training Updates

Hey, hey, hey! Here you’ll find a place where I’m keeping myself accountable as I train for my first ever half marathon in June 2015. You can read more details here about how it got started as well as get a coupon code (20% off) if you’d like to join me in this adventure – running the Utah Valley Half Marathon! I’m so excited at how many of you have signed up or commented that you’ll be running a local race where you live and I’m hoping we can all inspire and motivate each other!

Posts here won’t show up on the main feed for Mel’s Kitchen Cafe but if you are interested in motivational experiences from others, training tips, what I’m eating, how/when I’m running, and probably a healthy dose of how I feel like giving up but maybe, hopefully won’t, check back here for occasional updates! I’ll also be adding details as the race gets closer about a meet-up after the race (it’s going to be sweaty and fun).

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23 comments on “Race Training Updates”

  1. Thank you for a good article. I like your interesting publication, you have a good blog. thanks for posting!

  2. Congratulations! You did it!

    If was delightful to meet you yesterday, scary photo and all. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Yay for you!! And for a great running partner, Areli!! I’ve been sick this week and haven’t been able to get out like I’ve wanted to, but hoping next week looks better!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love the running necklace.. that was so sweet of her!!! Keep up the great work! We’re all cheering for you loud and clear through the internet! haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I have been going to your site for a while and absolutely LOVE your recipes and your humor. I trained for a “beginner’s triathlon” and did it in February right before I turned 45. I have never done, or wanted to do, anything like it. I had so much joy doing this and loved it all! When I saw that you were doing a marathon, I got it…(:

  5. Hey Mel, I’d like to send you a good luck race gift. Do you have a PO Box set up that I could send it to? [email protected]

  6. Hey Mel! I am just loving your running updates and especially your last update about Kathryn’s story. She has inspired me to put a full on my bucket list! I, too, am a busy homeschooling mom of 10. My sons and I are training now for a half (my third, their first). Finding the time to train is tricky but it is so worth it. I am always doing for others so it is nice to take sometime for myself to just run. Plus, I get to share the experience with my sons. It’s awesome! Sometimes I catch myself smiling from ear to ear while we are running because I know we are making memories. I will forever treasure these memories. Good luck to you, Mel, on your running. Enjoy every run! Thanks for these posts.

  7. I am 52 and have been running for 8 years. Doing my first half marathon in two weeks. Focusing on training and finishing injury free, more than time. Have had a running partner for last 3 years and it makes a huge difference. If you can find someone with a compatible pace, I’m sure you would enjoy it. Books on iPod are my backup “running buddy” when we can’t run together. Good luck and most of all, enjoy it!

  8. Yay! I love the running updates and motivation. My best advice is a website called fitnessblender.com. They have the BEST workouts (all sorts, levels, times etc) and really increase overall fitness. I have found that when I am really doing good workouts, my runs are soo soo much easier, just because my fitness level is higher. My favorite is the killer HIIT workouts- if you can do a good High Intensity Interval Training workout, a run is a piece of cake. And then you can go have some cake too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Since your invitation to join you on your half I have thought about it a few times every day! A half marathon is the next race in my sight (I’ve done a handful of 5ks and my first 10k last summer)…BUT I promised myself I’d take some time off to care for my injured knee…BUT I want to join you so so badly – it’s perfect, I live in Provo, June is a perfect time of year, I’ve heard the course is awesome, downhill makes me think I can do it, AND I’d get to run with YOU and other MKC fans! Tempting… I’ll keep you posted. Maybe I can figure out this knee thing before the early-bird registration is past and still get the best deal.

    Oh, in regards to your first training week woes – running behind a jogging stroller is NOT easy! When I run with my double jogger it’s a joke and “run” is a lie, definitely more a walk with several attempts at a run.

  10. I despise the treadmill (known as the dreadmill in my house)! Good job on pushing yourself and trying something that’s hard! I love running, but the first couple weeks of getting into shape are always the hardest. Nice work!

  11. Hi, Mel! Fellow runner here. Just wanted to pass along some words of encouragement. When I started running in 1998, I never thought it would be the life changing activity it has become. After reading your last update about being slow, I wanted to find out if you know of the Galloway method of training. I started using it 5 years ago and will continue to use it as long as I am able to run. Check it out if you get a chance, and remember that the hardest steps a runner takes are the ones out the door. You got this!

  12. This is the year for me as well!! And I am absolutely terrified! But I am more terrified of not doing this. So count me in! I want to join the running party!

  13. Alright. We’ll be there for the kiddos 1k. I’m pretty sure we’ll rock this.

  14. STRETCH!!!! This is the best advice I would give a runner!! You will find running a great release and in time you will look forward to your running days.

  15. I might be a little late, but Iโ€™ve decide to run it with you Mel! Iโ€m one of your secret admirers that doesnโ€™t comment much but feel like you are one of my best friends since you grace us with you present so often at dinner. โ€œOh, is this one Melโ€™s?โ€ or โ€œI love when Mel joins us for dinner.โ€ is often spoken around the dinner table ๐Ÿ™‚ As for the half marathon goes, I had a goal to run on this year as well. I ran my first two years ago and it was so exhilarating, but I was 9 weeks pregnant at the time. Iโ€™m excited to see what I can do when just running for one this year. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’m so excited to hear this, Angela! Thank you, thank you for letting me know. You’ll rock the race (I mean, if you’ve already done it pregnant, I have no excuse!).

  16. Does the coupon code expire? My sister and I are probably going to do it together but we were hoping to get our other sisters in on it too. You gave me just the push I needed to start training for my first half marathon!

  17. Is that area as pretty as Moab? Was going to do the Moab Half in October. GOOD for you! 4 years ago, I wasn’t a runner either but signed up with Team in Training for a half marathon. BEST way to go for your first, since they educate you & train with you. I learned a LOT. Expect a LOT of soreness when you start running 6+ miles. The races are SOOOOO much fun, & I’d bet money that you will become addicted! Like me :). I LOVE running. Anyway, single BEST advice I can give you is to BUY A FOAM ROLLER. It is AWESOME for sore muscles. Use it every night AND before your longer runs as part of your warm- up. Oh, & NEVER EVER neglect the post- run stretching. I did once & greatly paid for it the next morning :P. Buy some ice packs, cuz you’ll be using them a lot! Most of all: have FUN ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Thanks for sharing all this great info … Looks very “do-able” !! Time to get a great pair of shoes and get going on this !!! You have inspired me

  19. Good luck all the way from The Netherlands! I am training for a half marathon as well. Planning to run it next november. So i’ll be keeping track of your experiences. Keep us posted!

  20. Just wanted to say that although I won’t be able to be there (I live too far away) I think all of the “Mel and friends” should run with matching t-shirts! How fun would that be? (“Team Mel” or “Mel’s Belles” or something!) Anything to bring a smile as you’re running your hearts out!

  21. You’ve got me thinking about running the race, too! I might just be able to do it! Thanks for the inspiration! A meet-up after would be AWESOME!! Keep us updated! Thanks, again!!

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