Project Half: The First Two Days

Monday marked day one of Operation: Half Marathon. I’ve decided to run it to raise money for the American Diabetes Association, and here’s why: diabetes runs rampant on my mother’s side of the family. It does not skip a generation; it hits the next one in the chain all the way down. My Nonna died of diabetes; my mother is diabetic (and managing it quite well with diet and exercise, but she still has to watch everything she eats). Guess who’s next in the chain? If you looked at the short redhead with the big mouth, you are correct.

I run to feel strong, but I’m also running from diabetes. And now I’m raising money. If you’re interested in donating, click here to access my page and send a tax-deductible donation.

I’m asking folks to kindly donate $1 per mile I’m running, or $13.10. So join me in the fight against diabetes!

Monday, I followed my training plan and did some strength training. Here’s what I did (3 sets, 10 reps each):

– Smith squats, thighs parallel to floor
– Dumbbell incline presses
– Single-leg dumbbell deadlifts
– (Assisted) pull-ups
– Dumbbell step-ups
– Tricep pushdowns (rope attachment)
– Back extensions
– Crunches on a stability ball

The reason I have upper body exercises in there, especially pull-ups, is because having strong back muscles help you maintain your posture on long runs. Core exercises are important for stability. My half is in March; it’s New England, and there’s no guarantee that I won’t hit a patch of black ice.

Today was my first training run. When I woke up, it was six degrees, and the world looked like it was covered in a giant sheet of ice. Brrrr! So I took it to the dread, er, treadmill. I was supposed to do a tempo run, but I end up running slower on a treadmill because I’m afraid of falling off the back.

37 minutes, with a 10-minute warm up and 7-minute cool-down

Still, not too shabby when you consider that I did a slow warm-up jog and cooled down with a slow jog, then three minutes of walking.