My First Half Marathon

half marathon training starts

My name is Marina Duskov, and I am 50 years young.

I have just started to train for my first half marathon to be held in February 2012.

An important element in training is to have quality clothing and so far I have bought Rohan Climate socks for the current hot weather.  In the July sales I couldn’t resist the offer on Superfine Marino top and Microrib Stowaway Jacket.  For some time now I have been wearing my husband’s older Rohan Convertible Backpackers as they are loose and light.  The first two photos of me ‘in training’ show how a ‘new’ runner is comfortable and feel good while enduring the many hours of preparation.

The event is the ‘Wokingham half marathon’. I intend to raise at least £300 towards Wokingham Cultural Partnership – More Arts charity. It is through local newspapers that I saw the story of ‘50 women wanted for half marathon’ by a couple who are personal trainers and are offering free training for women of any age. On their website it is explained what to do for your first half marathon.

After being on the Mazfit website, completing a questionnaire and having the idea what is required, I knew that it is possible with a continuous small progress. I was aware that the best way to build up my stamina and fitness is with the physiology of Kaizen – which is a Japanese word for small, continuous improvements. Suggestion to cover 3 miles once a week and do two interval trainings when I run 1 minute and walk 2 minutes for minutes to minutes to me is manageable. A slow build is vital in the early days to avoid injury.

So far I attended two free Maz Fit training sessions on Sunday mornings. First session Marianne from Mazfit has marked 3 miles distance around the Cantly Park so that we experience the distance we should cover each week.

Second session we were introduced to interval training with markings where we run as fast as we could and then walk twice that distance. What was very helpful is Maz sharing her wisdom and answering any questions with generous tips that explain breathing technique, streching exercises, how to do up laces etc.

After our second session I bought my new running trainers at Sweatshop in Reading, specialists in distance running.

Our next Mazfit session will be running up and down the hill to strengthen the knees.

I plan to buy running trousers for autumn/winter. If Rohan does not have anything suitable then I will look at Sweatshop.

I love being outside in all weathers. This is a great opportunity to welcome the change and my new image of ‘my inner runner’ emerging. I made a decision to make this thrilling experience from start to the end. I apply advice that I give to others in my part time job as an NHS Stop Smoking Advisor and as a Passion test facilitator in my business www.marinaduskov.com.

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