Today was the first day of our 12 week Half-Marathon training. The plan actually started yesterday, but since Mondays are “rest” days, today was the official start of this adventure. Two miles was all that was required today, so it was a quick trip to the gym to knock it out and then head to the hot tub. The weather was perfect for outside running, but since I need to work on pacing myself, the treadmill will be my best friend for awhile. Not to worry though because tomorrow is going to be nice too, and I plan to get the bike back on the road for the first time this year. I hope to see the trees passing me by at 16 mph during lunch tomorrow, while the wind blows through my beard. 🙂
My wife and I signed up for the Raleigh Rock & Roll Marathon many many months ago when we were feeling, ummm, for lack of a better word, I’ll just say crazy. We were on a high from doing some other races and thought that signing up so far in advance would give us plenty of time to get ready for it. Well, as the high wore off and other priorities took over, so did training. You know how that goes. Anyways, awhile back, we decided that we bit off a little bit more than we could chew, so we opted to training for the half marathon instead. Now that we are 12 weeks from the event, it’s time to get busy training. On top of starting to run again, I have also joined my wife in eating low carb, hoping to trim down a little bit before April. Cycling will help with that as well, so the plan is in place. Now for the execution, that’s the hard part, at least for me.
The particular running plan we chose has rest days on Mondays and Fridays, run days of Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays (long run), and Sundays (recovery). Wednesdays, as well as some Fridays, and an option on Sundays, are cross train days. I will probably be cycling 2 to 3 times a week also, sometimes on run days and sometimes on CT days. With all this and also eating better should help prepare us to run/jog/walk/crawl/finish our first half marathon. The best part is that it is a Rock & Roll event, so there will be bands playing at every mile. Smash Mouth is the headliner, so I assume they will be at the Start/Finish Line. There is no shame for us to have downgraded to a half marathon, even though we signed up and paid for the full 26.2 miles. It was only $10 less to sign up for the half, so we will only lose $20 total, and that’s well worth it if it means we survive to the finish line. Our future may have a full marathon in it some day, but not this year. We are too busy of a family at this point in our lives to commit to the rigorous training schedule required for 26.2 miles. Maybe after we retire, who knows. For now, the half is the goal, and for me at least, it is a major challenge, and I look forward to conquering it in Rock & Rock style. Wish me, and both of us, luck on this new adventure.
My wife and I have ran in many races. She has done only 5K races so far, but routinely runs 10K’s during training runs. I have done mostly 5K’s too, but I recently did my first triathlon, which also ended with a 5K. In the past few weeks, we have started running together and doing longer distances, although those runs include walking breaks for now. Saturday, we ran/walked 7 miles, and yesterday, we ran/walked 5 miles. I’m not really sure what set the spark, but we now have the running fever. Maybe it was when my friend signed up for her second marathon last week and talked us into doing it too. We knew the race was next March, so we knew we had plenty of time to train, so we said sure, why not? Knock it off the bucketlist. Actually it wasn’t on the bucketlist, since I never considered a marathon, but heck yes I am going to add it to the bucketlist just to cross it off. Ha Ha. So we started doing the research.
The marathon we were so excited in doing is next years Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach in March 2015. The time of year is right, the course is flat, and we get to go to the beach. Win – win – win, right? Well, it turns out that that particular weekend is a horrible weekend ligistically for us and our family. No sweat, there has to be other choices for marathons on other weekends, right? Well, yes there is. April 12th, 2015 is the Rock & Roll Marathon in Raleigh, NC. It’s close to home, a themed race, and no need to fight for a hotel. The course is not as flat as the other one, but we have time to get used to hills I think. Registration opened today, and yes we did, we signed up and are both registered for the full marathon. I was going to do just the half, but since we are going to be training together, there is no reason I can’t be ready for the full in a year. We are so excited, not only to do a marathon, but to be able to do it together will be awesome. Bucketlist cross off (2x). I have read a lot of blogs about spouses not being able to run together, or one can’t get the other to run at all. I am so happy we are both up for this and I think this will only make us stronger than we already are. Life is good. Stay tuned for the training updates… and of course, the full race report….. in about 11 months… LOL. It will definately be a long journey, from 5K to 26.2 miles, but we can do it……. And we will.
I’ve been through a lot in my life, as some of you may know. My medical history reads like a novel, and the surgical scars on my body tell so many stories. But it’s ok, because everything that I have been through has made me the person I am today. I am here and I am grateful.
My friend Sarah is running the Walt Disney World Marathon right this second, as I type this. In fact, just a few minutes ago, Mickey posted her progress on her Facebook wall, as she just crossed the 10 mile mark in under an 1:40:00. It’s amazing to me that anyone can run a marathon, especially someone I know, who I have watched from the beginning of training. She has come a very long way and I’m proud of her for making it this far.
Everyone I know has challenges in their lives. Some have bigger challenges than others, but overcoming the challenges that are important to you is the most important thing. My challenge a few years ago was to run a 5K. I did that. Last year, it was to ride a century on my bike in one day. I did that. This year, one of my challenges is to do a triathlon. I am signed up for a Sprint Triathlon in April and I am looking forward to it. I don’t anticipate any “sprinting”, but all I want to do is finish. I know it is a race, but the only one i am racing against is my own doubt. It’s easy to say you can’t do something. It’s hard to do something new. I just think it looks fun. Like my Spin Class teacher always says, “If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.”.
Baby steps is all it takes and every challenge can be overcome. Sarah is proving that right now. She is such an inspiration to many, including me.
Happy Sunday Everyone.