Friday, January 17, 2014

So, I've changed my mind about that half-marathon

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Remember when I announced that I'm going to run a half-marathon in April?

Well, I'm not anymore.

Instead, I'm going to run a half-marathon in October.  A lot of factors went into this decision. 

One -- I really can't stand the treadmill.  The thought of getting on it three or four times a week just made me dread going to the gym.  I'm an outdoor runner, and a fall race will allow me to do most, if not all, of my training outside.

Two -- The friend with whom I plan to run starts grad school this month.  She was stressing about how she was going to squeeze in workouts between her full-time job, classes, and studying, and who needs that kind of stress?

Three -- I just started a new job in December, and I'm slowly easing into heavier duties there. The next few months are going to be busy and stressful enough without worrying about being underprepared for a 13.1-mile race.

Four -- So far, I have only run 5Ks, and I'd like to attempt a 10K before I jump to a half.  Postponing my half-marathon will give me several chances to do just that. I already have my eye on a few.

So, while I'm delaying my big running milestone, I am certainly not backing down from it.  I am still all in for the October race.  While I wait to start my training schedule for that, my goal is going to be finding a regular workout routine, including more running.  If anyone has any tips/advice, please throw them my way!

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Last week's workouts
Friday: Off.
Saturday: Off.
Sunday: It got up into the 40s, so I headed outside for 3.11 miles with Greta (my new Garmin).
Monday: Off.
Tuesday: Zumba at home (45 mins.) + core, push-ups and squats (10 mins.)
Wednesday: Off.
Thursday: Off.

Obviously, there were a lot of rest days this week.  I was a busy girl, and on Thursday I was all set to go to BodyPump at the gym, but Mother Nature decided to throw in a blizzard.  I ended up leaving work early and heading home, and after more than an hour of stressful driving, I really didn't have it in me to work out.  I'm not going to beat myself up over my low workout week.  I'll just pick it back up next week.
 

8 comments:

  1. I think it's smart that you rethought your training and postponed your first half. There's nothing worse than feeling under prepared for a race. In hindsight, I wasn't 100% ready for my first half last year, which is why I ended up walking so much of it, but I'm still glad I went through with it. This year will be different and better! And you'll be totally ready by October :)

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  2. First, if I can run a half, you can. You love running and I did it because I had to. I will admit I miss it sometimes but not the back and knee pain that came with it. Second, I highly recommend a 10k. I loved that distance. Get a couple of them in if you can. Make sure you have a good running program you are using and get your carbs the night before the race. I screwed up because I didn't want to eat all those carbs and I ran really tired.
    You are going to do great but I agree with Holly, postpone it until you are ready and have had the training you need.

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  3. i think it's smart that you're thinking ahead with your training and marathon. in order to get the most out of the race, you should train in the same or similar environment. when trained for tough mudder, almost everyone i knew had trained by road running but my friends and i trained on really rugged terrain with lots of crazy steep hills which actually was the best thing we could have done because running up those uneven mountains during the race came naturally to us (we trained on those trails for 3 months leading up to the race). people were getting stuck or tripping/turning their ankles over rocks/holes in the ground but we had been accustomed to that on the trails and it allowed us to easily side-step that stuff.

    so you do what you need to do to prep for that marathon, even if it means postponing it.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  4. GREAT work this week friend! Keep up the awesome job! I love running and honestly miss it! I can not wait till I can start running again after the baby is born!

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  5. Mother Nature needs to chill out... caused me to miss my Saturday workout as well. Thanks so much for linking up with us!

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  6. I LOVE zumba classes, what do you use to do it at home? Great job! Thanks for linking up!

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  7. You do what you need to do! I respect that you rescheduled instead of just giving up. That is what counts!

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  8. I think that's a good plan, good thinking! I'm thinking that's about when I want to try my first half, maybe we'll be running them around the same time!

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