First off – holy cannoli!! I have awesome readers. Several of you donated to my MDA fundraiser, and I could not be more appreciative. My parents were at the MDA clinic yesterday for an appointment for my dad, and my mom mentioned that I was doing the Muscle Walk. One woman said “That’s your daughter? She’s raised over $500 already! People in my office were talking about her this morning!”
So apparently, we’re doing a great job. Thank you!
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Well, friends. It looks like I’ve reached the end of my training schedule. I can’t believe it. Only a few short weeks ago, I decided that I would run a half marathon. I Googled a training plan, found Hal Higdon’s, and that was that.
I loved this plan because of the gradual nature. I also chose the “novice” training schedule because my only – and I repeat only – goal for Saturday is to finish. Several schedules that I found focused on speed, and I wanted none of that.
When I found Hal’s training plan, I didn’t have 12 weeks, so I needed to start a few weeks in, and my schedule didn’t fit the plan perfectly, so I slightly personalized it.
Tuesdays were my stretch days, Fridays were my long run days, Saturdays were rest and Sundays were cross. I also did not focus on strength training (wah!) only because my schedule is so time sensitive. 99% of the time, I only had time to run.
There were also several days that I didn’t fit in any workouts at all. That’s what I get for deciding to train for a half marathon three months after I start a new job along with the most credit-heavy semester of my graduate school career. In a word: I’m insane. But I was so bored in the gym and I did not want to pack on the pounds. I needed a goal.
As most of us know, running is such a mental game, so I decided to make my last long run before the half a 12 mile run, rather than 10. Even though I’ve been training for over a month, I still find a huge difference between 1 mile and 3 miles. I needed to convince myself that I can do it.
And with that, Saturday will be my new PDR: a half marathon. How exciting and nerve-wracking!
Let’s chat – What do you do normally do on Thursdays for your workout? I’ve been running 4 or 5 miles, but today I’m resting!