Back in January of this year I decided to make a goal for myself, and that goal was to train for, and run in a 5K event. After 3 months of hard training I was finally ready to tackle my first 5K event. April 29th will forever be a day that lives with me. It was a new beginning, a stand against what I once thought was impossible and I knew that I would not be able to stop what I had started. My first 5K was amazing, and since then I have participated in other 5K events, but now I want something more, a new goal, something that once again feels and sounds impossible that I can work towards, and that goal is running in a half marathon event.
I have actually already started training. On Wednesday of this week I went for a run (my first in 4 weeks) and it felt great to be out there hitting the ground again, I even beat my personal best time for a 5k, 35m:15s, with my previous best being 36m:01s. Needless to say it made me feel great, because the distance I used to train towards has now become my regular running for fun distance.
I also went for another run this morning, and let me tell you, it was hard. I woke up not in the best of moods for some reason, could not quite put my finger on it, but I can tell you that I absolutely did not want to go running this morning. My head was telling me to stay at home and relax, but I knew I owed it to myself to go out and do it. I ran 3.13 miles in 40.55. Not the best time ever, and no personal best today, but I am chalking it up as a victory over myself. I really did not want to run today, but I dug deep and found the energy to go out there. It is really important to workout on the days when you really do not feel like it. Heart and Desire 1 – Brain 0. Today made me realize though that I need structure.
When I was training for my 5K I used a program called C25K, which I am sure many if your are familiar with. It was such a great program because every running day was laid out right before me. I knew what I needed to do, when I needed to do and how long it would take me to complete it. I tried looking for something similar to this for half marathon training but was coming up blank, and that is when a good friend of mine, Richard Mulvihill of South Coast Fitness shared this with me;
This is a great looking running schedule that is designed to take even beginners from zero to 13.1 miles in 12 weeks. The format is similar to C25K in that each day you run you add a little more distance to your workout. There are also days built in for cross training, which will work out great with the programs I am already doing, such as P90X and Turbo Jam. This schedule is exactly what I need to keep me on track, and it will be far better than just aimlessly running. The link to the webpage where this came from can be found here. Please do check it out because there is more information to be found on the original website. I have to admit that I am really excited about this. It will be nice to be back on a plan.
I will be starting this training plan officially next week. I will post about each days run, much like I did with my C25K training. I cannot wait to get started. I have plenty of time to get ready as the race is not until April 28th, 2013, but this will no doubt be my biggest challenge to date (aside from the weight loss). I cannot wait to share my experiences with you.
All the best,