Last week I signed up for my first half marathon (which is now completely sold out). I am so excited to be running 21.1km with my dad – the fastest runner I know – who decided to sign up with me and cheer me along! That will definitely be a big help, however, he is away basking in the sun and playing golf for the next three months, which leaves me to train alone in the winter. YIKES. I am not a very social runner so I have decided against joining a running group and instead to prepare for this race on my own. Here is what my training schedule looks like so far.
Each week I am running two short quick runs (between 6-8km) , one long run (greater than 9km – increasing by no more than 10 percent a week), two spin classes and one core training class.
Running has never been my strong suit, but having a goal to work toward makes it more rewarding.
I also received a Polar RS300X heart rate monitor for Christmas from the best boyfriend ever!!! I had never used a heart rate monitor before but it really helps me to push myself. I never knew I could get my heart beating so fast – during my runs I average around 178 beats/minute. Is that even safe?!
I am finally learning to enjoy running – even in the winter [I’m sure buying new running jackets and pants doesn’t hurt] and I am really looking forward to crossing the finish line in May! Sometimes you need to take a risk before you can appreciate the reward!
PS – I just bought an awesome living social deal. If you’re into Starbucks check it out – $10 gift card for the price of $5. You can get yours here. There is no catch, I already used part of mine!