Training (badly) for a half-marathon
As I mentioned yesterday in my grand return to blogging, I’m training for a half-marathon. It’s not going so well and I’m hoping by posting about my training goals and plans here, it’ll help keep me accountable so I don’t collapse at the finish line or require the services of the shuttle that picks up the super slow people to get me to the end.
Here’s the scoop on the race. Which will be epic regardless of how I finish it.
Last year I learned about the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon and thought it was possibly the coolest race out there I could partake in because the Marathon du Medoc is a bit too out of reach for me (full marathon? no thanks). When Disney announced the date for the race this year, I knew I HAD to register and convince a couple friends to join me, including Alicia!
That, ladies and gentleman, is how I committed myself to running a half-marathon on my 30th birthday. November 9th, I’m going to be at Disney World, running at 10pm and finishing up with a party at Epcot centre that will go on until 4am. How often does someone get to run a race like this on their birthday? Celebration dancing will definitely be happening!
Here’s the problem: after injuring myself last August and subsequently being diagnosed with a stress fracture in one of my right foot sesamoid bones, I stopped running. And then I moved to Peru where I continued recovery but also faced the challenge of simply walking without losing my breath due to the altitude.
By the time I returned to Canada, it had been about 8 months since I had last gone for a run so jumping right into half-marathon training was probably not the smartest decision in the world. Plus, I’ve been exceptionally lazy.
At this point, I can’t even run 5k without having to stop to walk a couple of times and last weekend, when I was scheduled to run 8 miles, I barely eked out 5.5miles. Whoops. So now it’s time to get down to business. I’ve got to get the long runs in along with a couple more running sessions each week to maintain stamina and endurance.
I won’t put up the whole training schedule because that would require me to actually make a new calendar in Word or Excel or whatever and I just don’t want to do that right now. But here’s the plan for the next week. Keep me accountable, friends!
Friday: 30 minute run
Sunday: 4 -5 miles
Tuesday: 30 minute run
In addition, I’m trying to get short runs in by running home from work. It’s approximately 2.5k so it doesn’t take too long. Some days I may do a full 30 minute run but it depends on how much stuff I have in my backpack.
So there you have it. The goal: run the race. The plan: get off my butt and follow my training schedule. The reward: PARTY AT DISNEY FOR MY 30TH BIRTHDAY! A pretty dang-darn awesome reward.
I’m off to watch the Ravens @ Broncos game now! Cheering for the Broncos. Obv.