Training again!

January 17, 2012

So.  When things get a little crazy in my life, overwhelming, don’t go as expected, whatever, I tend to make big drastic decisions.  Like change my hair color, cut, start a blog or you know, sign up for a half marathon in March…wait…what?

Yup.  That’s right, I haphhazardly finally made the decision to sign up for the Garden Spot Village half marathon.  After about 3 months of back and forthing, I realized that its something that I am always going to have in the back of my mind as “can I do this?” and when March 31st rolls around and I hadn’t signed up for it, you better believe I would’ve sat there and thought “man, I wonder if I could have done it”.  Things happen in the course of a day that make you crave anything good.  I want to feel like I accomplished something and I want to feel so proud I could burst when I cross the finish line. I’ve always known this was something I could probably accomplish, but I needed a reason.  Today I was given a reason and so I’m not going into this training with a race time in mind.  I’m going with a goal of crossing the finish line and knowing why I did it.  🙂

That of course, is not to say that I won’t be training to have my best race possible (won’t be hard, I’ve never done this before).  To get ready, I’ll be following Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Program for beginners.  I have to remind myself sometimes that I really am just a beginner when it comes to running.  I only started in October, after all.  Unfortunately, I’m 2 weeks shy of 12 weeks.  But that’s ok, because I’m pretty confident in having consistently been working out (sort’ve) for the past few months that I feel ok about jumping in at week 3.  Which looks a little like this:

Week

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

3

Stretch and Strength

3.5 mile run

2 mile run or XT

3.5 mile run + strength

Rest

40 min XT

5 mile run

Yesterday morning I put in a 3.1 mile run, to “run a 5k” with a friend who ran his real 5k a few states away.  Today, I put in 30 minutes of hard hills on the exercise.  So instead of scrapping the work I’ve already put in this week, I’m going to switch things around a bit.  The great thing about schedules is as long as you’re consistent in getting your workouts in, resting and hitting your weekly mileage, you really can’t go wrong.  So today, I’ll do some strength training to make up for “missing” it yesterday and will put in my 3.5 miler tomorrow.  After that, I’ll be back on track.

To be honest, it feels good to have a goal again and even better to have a reason for it.   Is anyone else training for an upcoming race or challenge?  Tell us about it!

See you tomorrow bright and early at the gym…

xo

 

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2 Responses to “Training again!”

  1. andy1076 Says:

    I’m training up for the Vancouver sun run come summer time, hopefully this year I’ll finally get around to it 🙂 the training program I set myself is pretty close to what yours is by the way, cool! 🙂


  2. […] thing to snap out of (and truthfully, I still feel bits of it lingering), but my new goal of a half marathon, I’ve really gotten back into training mode.  I’m trying to feed my body healthy, nourishing […]


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