- You've already signed up for the dang thing. If you have to walk every single last second of it, it's still a major accomplishment. There aren't too many people who will voluntarily get out of bed on a Saturday morning and walk 13.1 miles, let alone run it.
- Try a walk/run plan ... any ratio you want for your training and even race day. Run 5 minutes, walk 3 minutes. Run 9 minutes, walk 1 minutes. Walk 1, run 1. Whatever feels comfortable. I know a lot of people who use this and it works wonders for them. Have you tried it before?
- I've put together a calendar for you - just a suggestion of a calendar! I based it on the fact that you could run 2-3 miles comfortably right now. With my training this time, I know I've really benefited from having some sort of "to do" everyday, whether that's an off day or a tempo run. It does have you increasing your weekly long run by two miles every weekend (4 this weekend to 10 miles by the April 5) with a two week taper period.
- I love what you said ... the goal is your health. You have amazing perspective. No need to feel stressed about it. No guilt, no anything. Every minute running or every second in the gym goes towards feeling good. I could learn a lot from that. :)It will make it hard to shoot for the 13.1 if you feel by any means that you have an "out". Does that make sense? I constantly battle with this. If I haven't totally committed to something, I will think up every single excuse in the book to not do it. For me, once I've paid that registration fee, I am in. No more outs. For you, I feel like there might be a point where you have to decide whether you are really in or out of the half marathon (not now, perhaps in a week or two when you have to do longer runs - but BEFORE the really long runs). Because once those long runs come and you haven't committed to yourself, there really won't be anything pushing you out that door on your 10 mile run, you know?
I am really excited for you either way. A great little trip to Utah to see friends and be at a really cool event. I'd love to do some sort of virtual training where we can check in on each other's runs for the week/day, whatever and see how we are doing. I love the support, even from far away!!Hope that isn't too much. Have a good night!
And like a great mentor and example, she left me no wiggle room to get out of my commitment. She wrote me very specific encouragement and suggestions and even went as far as to put together a...
Procrastinators Training Schedule For the Out Of Shape Runner that didn't train for her half Marathon with the 12 week program so now you have to use the 5 week program.
Here it is. Click to open it if you want to Run this thing with me. I am recommitting myself to running it. Anybody in?
And to Julia. Thank you! I love you! And I appreciate you not cutting me any slack. I think I'll start calling you Julian!