Apr 2, 2011

The plunge

Happy April, everyone! Oh, and this post isn't a April Fool's post a day late. Thanks.

This week I've only logged a few running miles, but it's been full of other good stuff!

One of my goals for this year was to complete a 10k.  Check!  At the time I put it into my list of goals, I knew that I'd be able to do it, but I still wondered if I could.  It turned out to be alot easier than I expected!

My brother, Jacob suggested we start training for a half.  Hooray! Hold on...Gulp.
This is the face I would have if 3 months ago someone told me I could start training to run 13.1 miles. Get serious.

But...wait a second, let me think about this.  I've come a really long way in 3 months, and running the 10k was alot easier than I thought.  To me, 6 miles seemed almost impossible.

And if Oprah could start at about 200lbs, and train for and run a full marathon,  at 5'9'' & 130lbs, I can train for and run a half. 

I researched online just to make sure that it wouldn't be too much for me, but it suggested training for a half if you've run shorter distances, and\or you can run 30 consecutive minutes.  Yep, and yep.

Hmm, I can do it!!!

I've been researching and googling for tips, because running that far is completely new to me.  If you all have any advice that could help me, please share!  

[For example: If you run some longer distances, what do you wish you would've known starting out?  What was the hardest thing you ran in to? What was the easiest? Was it easier than you thought?]

This is the training schedule we'll be using.  We almost went with Hal Higdon's schedule, but this one had the longer runs on Saturday, which works better for us, since we have worship on Sundays.  We're going to do stretching and strength on Mondays, etc.

I know I'm going to need help from you all along the way! 

"Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'"

"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."

My running journal is on the ready. Bring it on.


  1. I am excited for you....I am more like the Oprah in this situation though lol! I am working toward my first 10k and hope to run it in June and I would love to run a half. I am shooting for next February and running the Livestrong Half in Austin, Texas. Until then I am hoping that I just fall in love with running and complete lots of 5k and 10k races until then.

  2. How exciting! Have you picked a half to run yet? That would be my only advice...it's so much more motivating to train when you have a race set in stone! Good luck :)


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