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

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2 Responses to How One Kiawah Employee Trains for the Kiawah Island Half Marathon

  1. Liz says:

    Good luck with training, Paul! I’m doing my 2nd 1/2 marathon on November 13th in San Antonio, TX. I had no idea that Kiawah had a marathon! I will definitely keep this in mind for the future. My family and I went to Kiawah this past summer and I fell in love with the place! What a great place to train and run. Sounds like you are doing everything right. When marathons are in the winter, my only advice is to wear long sleeves that you can shed easily and leave behind. Also, I highly suggest a bath with epson salt once you complete long runs. Our running group did 12 miles this past Saturday and the epson salt really helps with recovery. Good luck and have fun!

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