Fitness | Week 5 & 6 of Half-Marathon Training – Runners are Humans, Too!


And just like that, another two weeks of training are done! I have to admit, these weren’t my best. I’ve completely abandoned the Nike Coach schedule because the distance, time and frequency of runs was just absolutely not realistic for a beginner like me. Since I’m only aiming to finish the race rather than trying for a specific time, I think I can get away with training a little less, as long as I get a maintenance run, a medium-distance run and a long run in each week. 

Part of my reason for doing this is the sheer amount of time I’ve been ill this month. I really feel like I need to scale down a little bit, and running over 20 miles each week was just not realistic. That doesn’t mean I’m giving up, though! I’m just trying to learn what works for me.

During Week 5, I managed to get in two runs and a total of ten miles. For some reason, I always find five- and six-milers the hardest. I really wasn’t feeling well after the second run, so I left it at that for the week.

Week 6 was much better, with three runs. I did three on Monday, five on Tuesday and nine on Saturday and, from a running point of view, they all went well. I definitely found the five-miler the toughest, though. I seem to struggle more with middle-distance than with my long runs, I don’t quite understand why that is! Slowly, very slowly, I’m also seeing my pace increase a little bit. I’m still very far off the 9-minute-mile average I was running at before pregnancy, though.

So, running-wise, everything is more or less fun and dandy! Well, if you disregard the time I was nearly pushed over by a massive dog who wasn’t being kept on a lead (which did not help my already poor opinion of dogs in general… what can I say, I’m a cat person) and nearly being hit by a car jumping a red light a few days later…. running is dangerous business, people! Appeal to the general public: please treat runners as human beings! We have feelings, too!





  1. February 3, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    Great job on training. I always think of a training guide as just a rough guideline and not something set in stone. Things change, priorities change, some weeks are busier than others – it’s totally OK not to stick to the plan all the time!

    I HATE dogs that are off a lead – I’ve had a couple chase me in the past, it really narks me!

    I hope your next week of training is great! :D

    • hannahcolquhoun
      February 3, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      Thank you! I really struggle with breaking out of set plans, but you’re right, the main thing is finding something that works! I don’t like dogs in general, but I’ve been trying to be more tolerant of them… That didn’t help 😹

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