Thursday, April 07, 2011
So, I am on my 5th week of the 5K Your Way Walk/Jog program. It has been tough, but honestly, I was afraid I wouldn't make it, so I've gotta say, I'm pretty damn proud! Throughout, I have lost 5 pounds and 2 inches (and have obviously gained a bit of muscle, so I'm sure I actually lost a few more pounds than my scale tells me).
I am participating in the Warrior Dash next weekend (so I will keep up the training next week too for an additional week), and am afraid that if I don't have another race type of thing to work towards, that I will not keep up with the running. I would really like to keep it up, and get to a point where I LOVE to run, and can keep running for 30 minutes straight (or more). At this point, getting through the 3 minutes of running (jogging) on each stage is tough enough, so building my strength and endurance is my goal. Obviously, I know that I need to set more tangible goals, so I am thinking about doing the Dallas White Rock Half Marathon in December. What do you think?
My plan is to do the 5K Your Way Running program, after I do the Warrior Dash. I will probably just do the same last week of the Walk/Jog program that I am finishing up this week, for a couple more weeks, and then start the new Running program. Then, I can keep up with just jogging for 20-45 minutes, 3-4 days/week for a month or so, before beginning my training for the half marathon. This scares the caca outta me!! For real!! The thought of even being able to jog for 30-45 minutes straight freaks me out enough, but supposedly I'll be able to do that at the end of this next Running program, and considering I didn't even think I'd be able to jog for 3 minutes straight, and now I can do that, I am gonna go for it!!
A friend recommended the book "The Non-Runner's Marathon Training." Has anyone read that book? It talks about training for a marathon from the very beginning stages, and gets into the mental aspect of it all, as well as the physical. This sounds great to me, because even doing the super short jogs that I have throughout this first program, I have dealt with some serious mental stuff! I cannot imagine how intense it must get when training to jog for 30 minutes and longer. Yikes!
In that book, the training program to run a marathon lasts about 4 months, after already being able to run for 30 minutes straight. Can I do it??? We will find out! I think I will seriously GO FOR IT! Do I have your support? Cuz I'm gonna need all the support I can get!
I would love any input on this from those of you who have gone from barely being able to jog for even 1 minute, to doing a half marathon, or even a marathon. As a beginner, any pointers or tips would be most helpful!
Thank Y'all & wish me luck!!