April 27, 2011
On the road again
I signed up to run my first half marathon this fall. I've got a TON of work to do to be ready for it. I had signed up to run one last May, but a week after registering, I saw that second line on the pregnancy test, so I didn't run. I briefly considered running, but I was, I think, 15 weeks pregnant and didn't want to chance it. So this is the year I will finally run 13.1 miles. As far as training goes, I'm starting from square one. I'll admit, I haven't been out running much. It was hard over the winter with the weather and it getting dark so early, I didn't get out. I've been out a couple times and I'll tell you, it's not good. Instead of looking like the seasoned runner, I look like a 30-something, out of shape mom of 4, with extra weight around her waist attempting to do something athletic to lose weight. Oh, that's right, I AM 30 something out-of-shape mom with 4 kids and weight to lose. Anyway, so far I can run 2 miles but have to walk a bit in the middle. I did come up with a 12 week training program that I will start the last week of May. Until then, I have to work on getting my distance up to 5K again. I plan on running the 5K they are having here in my hometown the second to last week of May, and then I start to train. The week before my half, I'm going to run a 10K in place of my "long run" that Saturday. Then on August 20th, it's race time! Husband is on board with my training and finally crossing this off my list of things I have to do. He's going to take that Saturday off so he can be there at the finish line when I run (or crawl) across the finish line. My main concern is the heat. I have run at this event before, the 5K, and I know the course goes out into the country, among the corn and bean fields, and even though the race starts at 7am, it will be hot. Very hot. Oh, and I'm not a morning person, so 7am is really early for me. Husband thinks its hysterical that I'm willing to go run a race at 7am, which to me, is an awful time to have to "do" anything, unless I've been up all night, then 7am isn't so bad. I did request to take that weekend off because I have a feeling I'm going to be wiped after the run. And I'm going to want to celebrate, or have a nice long soak in an epsom salt bath to ease my aching muscles. So, let the training begin!!