Saturday, July 3, 2010
Okay, as of today, I have exactly 16 weeks until the Augusta Half-Marathon. I have a great 14-week training plan in my awesome book, so that means that I have only 2 weeks left before I "go into training." In that time, I have to focus on expanding my running base to 3 miles, because that is where the training plan starts. Since right now I can only run about 1.5 miles comfortably, that's going to be a daunting job, but I'm not letting to it get to me. I'm confident that I can at least mostly run/walk 3 miles by the time this two weeks is over. Once I'm officially training, here is what my week is going to look like:
Sunday-Long Run (1st week is a 3 miler, next a 4 miler, and so on)
Monday-Short Run (stays 2 miles for pretty much the duration of the program)
Wednesday-Intervals (speed training)
Friday-Sometimes short run, sometimes intervals
Doesn't this sound like FUN?!
In addition to all that, I will be doing strength-training twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
I'm also going to be very careful about nutrition and hydration and rest. Any tips in ANY area will be greatly appreciated. I'm really really going to need all the support I can get in the coming months.
-My BFF Heather is going to be running this race with me! I was so elated when she told me. This is going to be the kind of amazing experience that you just HAVE to share with your best friend.
-You are only given three hours to run this race and I am a little petrified that I won't be able to do it in that time frame.
-I am worried about dumb things, like where do you get your number and the timing chip thingy?
-13.1 miles is a long damn way and I think I'm probably a little bit of a loon!
It is my sincere hope and belief that when I line up at the starting line for this half-marathon, I will be significantly slimmer than I am now. In good faith, I am putting up a picture of me taken yesterday before my run. And with un-Jennifer-like restraint, I am not even going to comment on how ugly and fat I am!
I cannot WAIT for the after pic!