Hello there, readers.
I know things have been somewhat sparse around here lately. Today is the first time I have even been on my computer for about a week. To say life is busy is an understatement. We've cleaned out our laundry room, had a yard sale, had guests last weekend, and will have company again this weekend, I'm going through a job transition (a good one!), and all kinds of other things that add up to CRAZY. I'm not apologizing for the lack of posts because I cringe when other bloggers do that. I just like to share and let you know what is going on in my life. You know, in case you were wondering if we had a yard sale. We did.
One of the things I shared with you guys is my new found
hobby interest thing I do - running. (Read a little more about it here.)
A few of you expressed the desire for me to keep you updated on how my running is going. I will humbly oblige.
Let me start by saying that none of this is meant to be braggy (it's a word) or come off as vain or however else it could be taken. I actually skip over pictures, tweets, or blog posts about other people's running. I am a chronic comparer (also a word), so reading about the fact that someone just ran 10 miles in an like 30 minutes makes me feel inadequate and a little panicky that I am not at that level. I want to share my journey to encourage and also for my own selfish reasons - when I become an Olympic runner I want to look back at my humble beginnings.
Let's start with my goal: Zero to 13.1 in 9 months. I am going to be running a half marathon in February '13. When I go, I go all in.
Now onto the training programs:
I just finished the 5k training program by lolo. It uses Jeff Galloway's run, walk, run method. It has been perfect for me. I had this idea that I was going to have to run 13.1 miles, non-stop, and if I walked I would be a failure. Training with this run, walk, run method has helped me realize that walking in the middle of a race is good for your muscles and there is nothing to be ashamed of. It's an 8 week, 3 day a week program, with 2 of those weekly runs being "short" runs. As I said, I've finished the 5k program and I've moved on to the 10k program by the same developers. This one is a 13 week program, following the same 3 run pattern of 2 short runs and 1 long run. The first long run of this program calls for a 5 and a half mile run, so there is no messing around.
How do I fit in running? As most of you probably know, I am a full time working mom so fitting in a regular exercise regimen requires some time crunching, and let's face it, sacrifice. My every day work routine involves getting up at 4:45am to make it to the office by 6. I work a full day, come home, get the kiddo up from nap and play with him until Anderson gets home from work. Then we all head to the gym. I hit the treadmill while Sawyer plays with Anderson in the pool. If Anderson is working late, I take Sawyer by myself to the gym and put him in child care. I do that twice a week for my short runs. As for my long runs, I get up at 5:30 on Sunday morning and sneak out to run while everyone else is still asleep. By the time I get home, breakfast is served and it is time to get ready for church. As I progress through the program and the runs get longer and longer, I have to carve out a few more minutes here and there to keep up. I won't lie. It's not easy and I'd rather sleep in on Sunday mornings.
After that lengthy, wordy post, there wasn't much updating being done, now was there? Here's a nice short update. Eight week 5k training program done with about 55 miles run over that period. I am in week 2 of my 10k training program and I successfully ran 5.45 miles for my first long run and I felt really great afterwards. For the first time I really think I can run a half marathon. Oh, I feel a cliche coming on... And if I can do it, you can too.
I'll update the 6 people who are hanging onto my every word next time I have a worthy running update, so probably a couple months from now. To those 6 - you are the best for making it through a post that only has an app icon picture.