How One Kiawah Employee Trains for the Kiawah Island Half Marathon

With the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon quickly approaching, I have really started to buckle down and intensify my training.  This will be my first half marathon so I don’t totally know what to expect.  I ran a couple of 5k’s and some other fun runs but have never even done a 10k! In high school and college I played basketball but that’s a whole different type of training.  I am working right now on getting my stamina and endurance levels up so I don’t feel so exhausted after just a few miles.

My fiancé and I are both training for the half marathon and have been running together for a couple of weeks now.  I run by myself two or three times a week and go on a long run with her once a week.  The majority of my runs are after work so I am usually running on Kiawah Island.  I do have the home field advantage, but I choose to run different routes than the course itself, to keep things interesting.

My preferred time to run is in the evenings when it is cooler out, around 50 degrees.  I feel that this is similar to the running weather that we will have in December. It’s refreshing to run in a temperature that isn’t too hot, or too cold.  Overlooking marshes, scenic and pristine golf courses, and surrounded by the southern trees, this run is truly my favorite. I also like that the route I take is flat. Since I am a new runner, I have been able to adjust to the long distance better because of the easy terrain.

I am excited to be part of a smaller, more intimate race amongst this great scenery. City runs seem to be crowded with busy streets and tall buildings. I would much rather run in a spaced out area and witness nature up close. Just last week I saw alligators in a nearby pond, and Great Herons flying over me. It keeps me motivated to run farther, curious to see what I will find around the next turn.

I have been running a route that is three and a half miles long. So far, this has been a perfect starting point for my training.  To mix up my routine, I have also started running on the beach at Kiawah. I think this will be a great place to run shorter distances up right before the race.

The farthest I have run so far is five miles, my endurance is great but my legs and knees really start to feel it.  I tore my meniscus and ligaments in my left ankle playing college basketball and I’m still feeling the effects on the long runs. In the next couple of weeks I am going to push myself to go further and hopefully I will be up to seven and eight miles by the middle of October.

Be sure to check back in the next couple of weeks, as I update you on my progress. In the meantime, any pointers and training tips you have, please share here, or on our KIGR Marathon Facebook page.  I can’t wait check this off my bucket list!

By Paul Shockley