Saturday, January 3, 2009

Oh, It's Time!

So, I've been thinking (Nick HATES it when I say that)...

My green eyes is 6 months old now and it's time to get back to the old me. I'd really prefer not to wait until Fall, so I'm thinking of doing a Spring race. (This has nothing to do with new years... I sort of loathe resolutions.) I ran up until my 34th week of pregnancy. It was actually easier to go running then, then it is now for mostly logistical reasons. Then, I just needed one kiddo to work with me, now I need two. Then, there is the whole running in the country thing I haven't really gotten used to yet.

My plan is to register for a run tomorrow. We just need to verify whether Nick will be able to run with me (i.e. whether we have a babysitter.) Regardless, Nick is going to train with me. Until I get a giant, mean dog, I don't enjoy running in the country alone.

I looked up a few different training schedules and this one appealed to me the most. It's simple, and has none of that crazy interval training. Having two kids, I don't have a lot of available time. Throw in Nick's limited availability and it's gets nutty. That is sort of an understatement. The limited hours of daylight is also an issue. With that in mind, I have to modify my goals. I just can't go a throw on a pair of shoes and go running. It takes a lot of planning and preparation. There are snacks, feeding times, and toddler tudes to consider.

I'm hoping I can train for this with just two big run days a week. That isn't a lot of running but on the other days I plan to do the elliptical. Having run a full marathon (almost two), I think I can get by with a little less this time if I make the run days really work. Sure, I could probably do a much better time if I could do more runs, but I'm doing what I can do with the resources I have. The important thing is that I get out there when I can. It's so easy to just give up.

This is the proposed schedule. I found it on

10-Week Half Marathon Training Schedule
103Rest3Walk 2Rest13.1Rest21.1

This is my modified schedule, though the days will most likely shift around based on weather...

10-Week Half Marathon Training Schedule
13 ellipticalRest33 elliptical
103ellipticalRest3Walk 2Rest13.1Rest21.1

OK, so it's out there. Now I have to stick to it. I hope the blizzards don't start coming now that I've committed myself to this.


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