My friend, Janice, texted me this morning to see if I was interested in running a Half Marathon with her. Am I interested? Yes! Am I ready? Not even close. At this point, I'm not even ready for a 5k race...at least not barefoot.
Hmmmmm, but what if I consider it cross training? Increasing my cardio is a good thing, right? Padded shoes work different muscle groups, so I wouldn't be likely to run into the same injuries as last summer. If I keep my slow paced build up for the transition to minimalist running, I can see a barefoot 5k and 10k as realistic goals for 2013. But what about this half marathon? A full marathon has been on my Bucket list forever...and I'm not getting any younger...
Committing to this race with Janice is scary because a Half is 13.1 miles. My longest run EVER was 8 miles. For the last couple years, my max distance has been 1.5 miles, so clearly I have some work to do. If I start training on Friday I could be more than ready for the Half in May, so why not? Ambitious? Yep. Three runs a week means significantly adjusting my social schedule, but it would be fantastic just to be able to say I did it. Bragging rights are very important where I'm from!
So...I just registered and downloaded the training schedule you see below. I'll have to modify it, but now I have a rough game plan. No expectations on the time, it's just about completing the event. I say that to keep the pressure off, but even as I type I know that's not exactly true.
Image Source: Dream in Motion website
It's decided, today is Day One of my Half training...wish me luck! Also, some prayers to stay injury free would be greatly appreciated!
Barefoot Progress Report -
- .25 mile walk
- .75 mile run
- .5 mile walk
Total Distance - 1.5 miles
Total Time - 21'06"
Half Marathon Training Progress Report -
- Warmed up with Barefoot conditioning routine above
- 1 mile run (10'04")
- .25 mile walk
Total Distance - 1.25 miles
Total Time - 14'20
NOTE: It takes waaaaay more effort to run in traditional sneakers!