Guest Post: Things Someone Should Tell You Before Signing Up For A Half Marathon

Hi everyone!  Sorry I went a little MIA yesterday and am posting a little later this morning!  I didn’t have access to a computer yesterday, and I was having some technical difficulties this morning.  Now that I have it all figured it out, I’d like to welcome Kristen over at Confessions of a (Not-so) Domesticated Newlywed!  I just recently discovered her blog, and I immediately loved it!  She and I relate as being newlyweds, as well as apparently having almost exactly the same taste buds.  ;)  I hope you enjoy her post – she has some great stuff to say!  

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Hi everyone! My name is Kristen, and I blog over at Confessions of a (Not-so) Domesticated Newlywed.
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I’m so honored that Ashley asked me to write this guest post for her. She and I are new blog buddies, but I can already tell that we have a ton in common!
For one thing, we’re both newlyweds.
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(Shocker, considering my blog title, right? Winking smile)
My blog chronicles the ups and downs of navigating through married life.
I also share a ton of recipes because I love to eat cook.
But after getting married and spending a lot more time in kitchen, I soon realized that I also should be spending a lot more time in the gym … because eventually, eating 5 cupcakes in one sitting may catch up to me.
So back in May, Brandon and I decided up sign up for a 10k … even though I had never run for more than 30 seconds in my life. Makes total sense, right? Thinking smile
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And while training for the 10k, we thought it would also be a good idea to run a 5k … you know, to get our feet wet.
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And then my oh-so perky and optimistic friend, Erin …
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… suggested that we sign up to run a half-marathon.
At first I thought she was crazy. But she eventually convinced me. And thus the training began.
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We ran our half marathon on November 12th, and it ended up being one of the best experiences of my life …
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… after that whole “getting married” thing, of course. Winking smile
But as amazing as it was, looking back over the last 6 months, there are a few things that I wish I had known before signing up.
So without further adieu (that’s a funny word.) …
Kristen’s Top 8 Things Someone Should Tell You Before Signing Up For A Half Marathon
(Could that title be any longer? Didn’t think so.)
8. You will spend a ridiculous amount of money on running-related gear.
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7. If you’re training in the summer, say good-bye to sleeping in on weekends. You’ll be waking at up 5am for your long runs to avoid sweating like a pig.

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6. The ice in the freezer will no longer be used to keep drinks cold.
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(Hope no one’s eating while reading this … Thinking smile)
5. You will have days when you feel on top of the world …
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and days when you contemplate trying to get a refund for your registration fee.
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4. Jelly Belly work just as well as those expensive Gu’s and Gels (at least in my unprofessional opinion). Plus, they taste a lot better.
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3. You’ll want to be very careful what you eat before long runs. Especially if you aren’t going to be near any bathrooms. Don’t ask. Don't tell anyone smile
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Speaking of bathrooms (because it’s such a fun topic), use the restroom at your hotel/house/etc before heading to the race. Unless you want to be standing in a porta-potty line when the gun goes off.

1. And finally … Don’t expect to lose (or even maintain) your weight if you plan on eating like this …
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… after every run. Reserve those kinds of treats for the special occasions … like finishing the half, or your birthday, or … a Monday. Angel
I hope you’ve found these tips useful. And I hope my advice hasn’t deterred you from signing up for your own half marathon. Because believe me, as crazy as the journey was, it was all worth it for this:
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Hope everyone has a great Turkey Day! And be sure to come visit me over at my blog! Smile

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Comments

  1. Brandi says

    This has helped!! In March of next year I will run my first race (5K)….something I wanted to do before a longer run..:) Eventually though, I want to run a half and these have been super helpful. Especially the refueling and the eating. I am always so hungry after my longer runs that I could just eat everything that I come in contact with! Thank you! And Happy Thanksgiving!

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