Well, I've totally done it now. I've signed up for a half marathon. This has been on my bucket list since 2010 when my cousin and I walked/ran our first 5k. We talked about running a half together. Life has changed for both of us and apparently I am currently the only half crazy(get the pun?!) one who is going to run the half marathon. I think she may be smarter than I am…haha!
I know I can do the race and I am simultaneously scared and overwhelmed with how to get there. I am also struggling a bit right now. My faith in myself is wavering. You see, the heat and humidity hit here, it has really tested my strength and ability to run. I now feel like I am going to keel over with most runs. Where just a few weeks ago running 5 to 6 miles was a snap. My pace was great and while I knew it was work, it wasn't a question of if I could do the run or not. Now a few weeks later, those same miles feel like they are never ending and like the biggest test of my running thus far. Not very good timing to sign up for a half marathon. It was sign up now (since I know I am going to do it regardless of my fears and current insecurities) or pay another $10 next month. I'm on a budget and cheap…so I signed up now. Races are expensive after all.
I needed a plan to help me feel less overwhelmed with how to get from where I am now to 13.1 miles in November. I searched for a plan that would work for me and didn't really find anything. Most plans have you running 4 to 5 days per week. I don't have the time nor do I think my body can handle that much. Honestly, I also just don't want to run that many days per week. I like my 3 days per week.
Having had an IT band injury earlier this year and feeling that injury with little tweaks here and there, I know I need to be smart with my training. I also need to take longer to train than most plans recommend. I have to add my mileage slowly. That way I won't irritate my IT band. In addition to all of that, I still need to be somewhat careful about my hip. I tore cartilage in my hip and had surgery to repair that in April 2011. You can read some about my recovery here.
I created my own training plan. I used a bunch of training plans I found by Googling for half marathon training plans as well as a training plan from Train Like a Mother. I also consulted my wise marathon guru (AKA my Dad). He used to run marathons when I was younger. He still rides his bike about 100 miles per week (he is 68!). Both my parents are incredibly fit! I digress…
If you want to be half crazy like me and run a half marathon and/or you think this plan looks like it might actually work, feel free to download your own copy here. The printable is a full resolution pdf version that looks normal unlike the file above.
Lastly I now have spots on my sidebar for ads. As you can tell from this post, I feel intimidated about taking on this half marathon. Yet, I really want to do it. There is a half marathon training team that starts next month. I would love to take part, in part because I could really benefit from the help. I think it would help me learn the things that I need to learn and figure out this running in the heat thing among other things I think of while running 8 miles(that is A LOT of thinking time). I would also love the camaraderie of knowing other runners and working with a team. I don't currently have that aspect to my running. The ads will go on my sidebar, which are slotted for the area just below the title “Brought to you by.” If you are interested in sponsoring me, you can learn more about placing an ad by clicking on my Advertising tab. The cost of the team is $135. Anyone can advertise on my blog, whether you just want more exposure for your business or you want to sponsor me in my half marathon.
Alright, thanks for reading my long post declaring myself half crazy! I am sure I will be writing more about this journey as I get my training grove going.
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