I did it, I finally signed up for a half marathon!
For the past couple of years, when New Year’s resolution time came around, running or at least attempting a half marathon would always make its way into my list.
But by the time school starts in January the excuses start following: too much homework, it’s too hot, and my favorite sad excuse of all times, I can’t run. But not this year! I decided to push aside all my fears and concerns about attempting this feat and go for it.
Here are a few pictures from last year's race.
|2011 finisher medal, it even glows in the dark! awesome|
|the costumes get pretty crazy|
Running is hard for me. Actually, running is extremely hard for me. I am easily out of breath and my body starts to hurt. It’s not something I was gifted with as a child.
In order to be able to train, I had to face a few realities.
- I'm not going to set any type of record, I'm simply going to do my very best and learn a few things on the way.
- It will be very hard
- It will be very hot
- And my training plan will be one day at a time and a slow increment which hopefully will celebrate my modest triumph- like running a solid mile without dying in the Miami summer heat.
A training plan for me
Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Guide - Novice 1 Program which can be found here sounded promising if you could run 3 miles on your first day of training. A task I cannot. So I went ahead and altered it to meet my needs. For the first two weeks, in order to build up my endurance and push my idle body, ill attempt to run/walk 2 miles instead of 3. I will still keep Saturday for my long runs. I’ll add one more mile to Saturday’s run than I was able to accomplish during the week. So if I run 2 miles during the week, I’ll run 3 on Saturday. Pretty simple, right? For my sake, I hope so.
Wish me luck!