I have a tank top I bought over the summer at Old Navy that says, “Run. Rest. Repeat.” And starting January 6, 2014, that is going to sum up my life very well, except “rest” is going to be working and chasing after the kiddos. Why?
I just signed up for my first half-marathon.
The farthest I’ve ever run is 7 miles. And even now, if you told me that I would be running 7 miles without stopping two years ago, I probably would have choked on my latte. But I feel strong (even right now, even with a cold that has conveniently settled into my vocal cords, which makes me sound like Bea Arthur and a muppet, alternately), and I know I can do it.
The first step I’ve taken, aside from actually registering, is to plan out my training. The plan I chose from an issue of Women’s Running calls for four runs per week, two of them easy runs, one of them either a tempo run or a series of speed drills, and one – you guessed it! – a long run. There are also two days of strength training required.
I’m going to be traveling one of the weeks I’m training, and I’ve already figured out how I’m going to handle my workouts and sought out both hotel fitness center information and running route information.
I’ve also decided to return to Conca Sport and Fitness twice per week. Not only is getting to Conca convenient, but when I first started training there, I definitely noticed a difference. Being in a small group setting motivates me to try harder, partially for my own ego and partially because, when I train with either Steve or Delilah, neither of them let me get away with slacking off.
So the next couple of weeks, I’m going to continue weight training heavily and run lightly, and on January 6, I’ll be ready for half training, which is a strength training day. (Works for me.) And because training isn’t complete without gear, I’ll be posting what I like as I go along: clothing, snacks, supplements. (Hint: Ellie apparel is going to factor in quite heavily, especially since I’ve heard rumors that the January collection will include a pair of leggings that hold heat in to your body.)