Today is the last day of Week 2 of our 12 week Half Marathon Training Plan. So far, we have ran close to 25 miles, 12 last week and 13 this week. It’s going pretty well so far, but I am still doing short walking breaks during the runs, firstly to give my heart a break because it gets up to 187 bpm, depending on my pace. Secondly to give myself a chance to get some water. I feel that my heart is getting stronger by the day, and since my weight is dropping as well, it is having to work less to keep me moving. My breathing is pretty much under control with the help of the Albuterol inhaler. I no longer wheeze when I run, which I am sure eases the nerves of the person running next to me. Hopefully I no longer sound like I am going to drop dead at any moment. I honestly feel better too. The process is slow, but baby steps is the key to getting me into better shape and event ready. I am looking forward to crossing the finish line, no matter what the time. I will be proud of myself just to be able to call myself a Half Marathoner. Bring it on Week 3.
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.
My training for my triathlon has been hit and miss the past few weeks. With work being so busy, school coming to a close, and life in general being crazy now that we are carpooling together, training has taken a back seat. And that’s not even mentioning the weather factor. When it’s not raining or freezing, it’s hot and windy. And the pollen in the air has stuffed my nose like a turkey. I hate allergies. Excuses aside, the triathlon is this Saturday and I am trying to get as ready as I can.
On Monday, Cindy and I went to the park to jog. The running was going pretty good until an oncoming car made me nervous and I got too close to the edge of the pavement. My left ankle rolled over and I went down. The good news was that I didn’t feel a pop, so it didn’t break my ankle or even twist it, but it did sprain it pretty good. It never bruised, but even today, it’s still very tender to the touch and nicely swollen. After I rolled it, we jogged another mile or so, which may or may not have been a good idea. I haven’t run on it since, so hopefully the swelling will go down before Saturday. More IBuprofen for me.
Today, I decided to ride the bike, fist because it was beautiful outside, and also to see if pedalling messed with my ankle. I rode 16.5 miles and had no problems. So for the triathlon, I think my ankle will be fine up until the run at least. The 5K is mostly a trail run, so I will have to be super careful not to roll my ankle again on the roots. It will hurt much more doing it again since it’s already tender. I plan to take it easy and just make sure I finish. I hate injuries.
Should I be getting butterflies this early? Actually I am not yet, but I know I will sometime this week. It happens every time. A few days before a race, my stomach starts to spin. I guess it’s the anticipation of the event mixed with my nervousness of trying something new. In 6 days, I am racing, or should I say participating, in my first sprint triathlon. It’s my first triathlon of any length. I haven’t competed in a swim event since I was probably 5 years old. I have never competed in a cycling event, although I have been riding in group events for charity for other 10 years now. I also have a little experience with 5K running, but of the 3 disciplines, running is my worst. Am I ready? I don’t know, but I will do my best and hope to finish. Since it’s my first one, I am guaranteed a personal best. I just want to avoid the DNF or a DQ. I know that is possible. I will walk the 5K if I have to, but I will finish. I have confidence in that, but the butterflies are sure to come. It’s inevitable, I know. Will I swim too fast and burn myself out? Will I bike too hard and ruin my legs for the run? I will try not to, but you know how it is when you are in a race. You want to go go go, and it’s hard to pace yourself. I just have to keep telling myself that the race is only a race between me and myself. Just get through this first event without fault and then set the bar for the next one. I know there will be a second one. I already have the fever even before I do my first one. I volunteered at an Olympic Tri last weekend and I could see myself doing it maybe next year. I may have to get my wife to do the run portion for me, but I know eventually I will be able to run a 10K as well. It will be a great experience regardless.
Please wish me luck and help me hold off the butterflies if possible. The race is with me only, I know that, and I need to keep telling myself that. It’s all good. 🙂
Six more days…..
What am I supposed to do now? I was in running shoes for 7 miles on Sunday and this was the result. It hurts and very tender, but I’m not sure what to do with it. Should I pop it? Or tape it? Is this the result of shoe or sock issues? I’ve had my running shoes for a year now, but never got a blister like this before.
Any thoughts or ideas on how to proceed? About how to prevent this from occuring again? I don’t want this to slow me down too much.
Thanks in advance for your advice.
I was supposed to ride my bike today, on an amazing 45 mile course with great friends. Other obligations prevented me from doing just that, dedicating the afternoon to the open road. However, between other necessary actions of the day, I managed to get a few workouts in. First, I took my dogs on a 4 mile walk, from the house to the YMCA, around the lake a few times and then back home. We all enjoyed that, and it wasn’t even the warmest part of the day yet.
After making myself some lunch and doing some other things, I drove back to the YMCA, walked down to the same lake I was at with the dogs earlier, and proceeded to jog a 5K, which was about 6 laps around the lake. This run was to make up for the fact that the dogs wouldn’t run with me this morning, and for the fact that I didn’t get in a run yesterday. All I got to do yesterday was build a fence, and bike 20 miles. I was so cold after the bike ride, I traded in the 5K run for a hot shower. Today was different. The weather was warm, and the run went well. After I finished, the YMCA was about to open for the day, so I went inside and swam 500 yards in the pool, followed by a hot soak in the hot tub.
Once I got home, I bathed the dogs on the porch in the sun, and then made dinner for myself and my wife. Eating burgers with wifey is the perfect end to a glorious day. So I missed a great bike ride today, but I still think I made a pretty good day of it. What do you think?