I have been running 2 miles once or twice a week for a few months now. The most I’ve ever run is 4.5 miles and that was just a few weeks ago. I’m not fast. But, a couple years ago, I couldn’t even run a quarter mile without stopping (and dying, simultaneously). I remember how much I struggled just trying to run from one end of my apartment complex parking lot to the other and now I’ve run six 5k races just in the past 7 months. I’d say that’s progress!
Honestly, I don’t if I’m capable of building up to a half marathon (which is 13.1 miles, if you didn’t know) in the next 15 weeks, but I know that if I don’t do it now, I probably never will. I can always bump down to the quarter marathon if I need to, but now, I really want this. I want to prove to myself that I can do it.
I’ve been doing loads of research on training plans, eating recommendations, stretches, and all kinds of other running-related things, but the most helpful resource I’ve found so far is a local running store. It’s the place where I buy my running shoes and the man that owns the store is one of the founders of the race that I’m training for. It turns out, they offer a running group specifically to train for this race and they come up with a training plan for every runner to accomplish their individual goals. I spent an hour in the store the other day asking him a million and one questions, from “Do I need a foam roller?” to “In your professional opinion, is this even a feasible goal?” He answered, “not yet” to the foam roller and, “definitely, yes” to my goal being feasible. He said that they have a wide variety of runners show up to train, from people that run 8 minute miles to people that just want to walk the entire race.
January 3rd is the first meeting.
Until then, I’m trying to build up my endurance. I’m trying to run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and have my long runs on Saturdays. There’s always the hope that I’ll squeeze in a 4th weekly run, but…who am I kidding? It’s the holiday season. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Well, somebody might, but I sure don’t…yet.
Here’s my running record for the week. Oh, and don’t let it fool you…I don’t run the whole thing. I’m still trying to figure out a run/walk pattern that works for me to get a little more consistent. I tried a run 5 minutes, walk 30 seconds pattern and a run 4 minutes, walk 1 minute pattern this week. Neither of them lasted the entire run, so it’s back to the drawing board. Surprisingly, it was the 4 mile run that I was able to keep up running the most. The first 2 miles were tough and then somehow it got easier. Hopefully that feeling continues!
The first run’s data looks funky, because it’s from my Nike+ app, but the second two? Well, those are from my new Garmin Forerunner 15, which I love love LOVE so far. I got the accompanying heart rate monitor, because I love tracking data. All of it. And the Garmin gives me so many things to look at – maps, elevation, pace, distance, time, heart rate, calories, etc. And it’s an activity tracker, too, so I have set aside my Fitbit to solely use my Garmin for now.
It’s still hard. I’m still not one of those people that hits the pavement and just feels free and wonderful. It still takes conscious physical and mental effort to just keep going, but I have to admit…it’s getting a little easier. 3 miles doesn’t sound quite as daunting as it once did. I guess that’s what happens when you start comparing 3 miles to 13.1. It’s all about perspective!