You know when a new store is about to open and sometimes they have a "soft opening"? They open quietly without the bells and whistles and work out any kinks they may have. Then they have the big Grand Opening a few days later with a bunch of balloons out front and all the hoopla!
Well, that was me last week. I decided to kick start my half marathon training without any big announcement. I really just wanted to get an idea of where I was in terms of my running endurance. The most I had ran nonstop and without obstacles up to that point was about 3 miles. Last week I ran 2 days and had 2 personal training days and 2 P.I.T. (pure intensity training) Classes. I ran my usual 3 miles on Tuesday and Friday I ran 5.45 miles on the treadmill in 1 hr. That was quite the accomplishment for me. I learned a few things that day.
- I don't like the treadmill.
- My feet will go numb from running farther than 4 miles.
- Running makes me sore. Very sore.
- I've got a long way to go.
- I will get blisters.
- I can do this.
So this week, I start training for real! I've got my playlist ready and the training schedule is on the calendar. I've also started a running board on Pinterest. You can check it out HERE! I will be using a modified version of Hal Higdon's Half Marathon Training Program. His is a 12 week program, but I felt I needed more time than that to get ready, so I'm working on a 16 week program. Most weeks I'll be running 3 - 4 days, with one of those days being a long run. My first 4 weeks will consist of 2-3 mile runs, with my long run being 4-5 miles. The milage will be increasing more in Sept. & Oct. I'll have 2 strength training days and 1 - 2 P.I.T classes a week, as well. I'll get one rest day a week. I'm tired just thinking about it!
Like I've said before, I don't consider myself a runner, so I'm really hoping these next months will change that and I hope will find the runner's high I hear so much about!