one of my life goals has been to run a half marathon... it has been a really long time since I have done any running....well, to be honest, since i have done much of anything. So this week, begins my training for running/walking a half marathon. i will most likely do a combination of running and walking, but i will play it by ear. later in my training, if i am feeling good, i may try to run all of it...we'll see.
This week is week 0...since my official training starts next week. I will be using Jenny Hadfield's half marathon training program for running/walking. She splits the week up into 3 training runs, 2 days of cross training, and one long run. most weeks train 6 days, but occassionally she throws a 2nd day of rest in there. it is a 13 week program, so, i guess that means the race is 13.5 weeks away. it is sunday, october 17th. i am really excited to do this, and hope that i can achieve this life goal.
i am using a program for my droid phone called cardiotrainer. it tracks my route, tells me my average speed, how far i have gone, how many calories i have burned, and gives me updates as often as i want. it is a pretty cool program.
my first run was yesterday. i started this week by doing a walk 4/run 1 pace. yesterday i went just under 3 miles in about 37 minutes. i felt pretty good afterwards. i have arthritis in my knee, and the only thing i am afraid of is having painful joints.
today i went for another run....same intervals. walk 4/run 1. today i kept up a 13 minute mile pace...that was my goal, and ended up going 3.25 miles in 43 minutes. the last 4 minutes/0.25 miles was my cool down, so i did 3 miles in about 39 minutes! better than i thought i would be able to do at the beginning. I came home and took some ibuprofen to fight off the soreness in my joints...other than that, it is not too bad.
tomorrow will be a day of "rest". will spend the day with the girls at a water park...so we will be active the entire day, but no running tomorrow.