Many months ago I promised my friend Lyndsey that I would run a half-marathon with her on May 5th, which is the one year anniversary of her dad’s death. Her dad died suddenly of a heart attack and they were very close so his death was incredibly hard for her. Lyndsey wants to do something to honor his memory that day and chose this race as a way to do so and to keep herself committed to the healthy lifestyle she’s been living the last couple of years. Lyndsey means the world to me so I didn’t even hesitate when she asked me if I’d run this race with her.
I always knew that this wasn’t going to be a race that I’d be running to set a personal record at so I honestly didn’t put a whole lot of thought into training for it. With everything I have going on with the wedding right now I just kept thinking, “Oh, I’ll come up with a plan later. I still have time.”
I now have exactly 6 weeks until the race (as of yesterday) and I am in the worst cardio shape I’ve been in a long, long time. I don’t remember the last time I ran more than 3 days in one week and I don’t remember the last time I ran more than 5 miles. Actually, that’s a lie. I remember both of those things and they were both back in December. (hangs her head in shame)
That is not good. I distinctly remember all of the pain I was in when I finished my last half-marathon and I do NOT want to experience that again. I will be running this race at a slower place than I did the last but that does not mean I should take this race any less seriously. 13.1 miles is a long way to run and it’s going to seem even longer given the pitiful shape that I’m in.
I don’t want to let Lyndsey down and I don’t want to kill myself the day of the race so I’ve finally come up with a training plan for the next six weeks that I WILL STICK TO!
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One of the ways that runners get injured is to increase their weekly mileage too quickly. This is definitely something that I fear for the next six weeks since I’ll be taking my mileage from 9-10 miles a week to 20-30 miles a week. AAAHHHH!
My wedding also falls in the middle of all of this training, which is going to make things a little interesting (see the purple day on the schedule). I’m taking off work starting at noon on Thursday and won’t be returning to work until Wednesday the following week. Ross and I aren’t taking our honeymoon until September (more on that later) but we are going down to his family’s house in Rockport the day after the wedding and staying there until Tuesday evening. He has A LOT of family coming in from out of state for the wedding and we want to make sure we get plenty of quality time with them.
My challenge will be balancing spending time with family/not drinking too much with running enough so that I don’t kill myself in six weeks. It’s going to be tough and I promise to keep you updated. Wish me luck!