Sunday, March 21, 2010
I made it through another week of training for the Rock-n-Roll Country Music ½ Marathon that I will be partaking in four short weeks. This is my first ½ Marathon I have ever participated in and I am very excited! The longest organized event I have ever done is 5 miles so this is quite an increase in distance.
Not quite knowing where to begin my training journey I surfed around the fitness pages on SparkPeople.Com and came up with a ton of fantastic ideas. I joined the ½ Marathon SparkTeam and found even more! I settled on MarathonRookie for my schedule. Now mind you, I will be walking this event, my knees can’t quite handle much running, I am able to jog some, but for the most part will be walking.
I ended up doing 2-weeks of week 5 because when I initially was setting it up I was a week off, but I think that was a good thing, so to me it looked like week 5 was a perfect time to repeat the training. Just since I have actually been tracking logistically against the training schedule my last 3 weeks I have logged 18, 21 & 21 miles respectively. These are actually training miles and don’t include the extra walk the dog miles that I enjoy with my dog Syrah.
The highlights of this week include Thursday’s 4 mile walk which partially was un-walked territory for me. I had my walking gear with me which the top 3 staples include, ipod, garmin 305 ForeRunner (gps heart rate monitor watch) and of course water. I stopped on the way home at Two River’s Park. I have walked over to this park from Shelby Park, but had never parked my car and left from here before. It was a gorgeous sunny afternoon in the 60’s and I was pumped to have some new ground to cover. My schedule called for 4 miles and I did just that. I walked for 2 miles and turned around. This stretch actually took me into another area called Stony Rivers Greenway. It had a tremendous incline getting down into it and I was like geez that is going to be tough staying motivated to get back up it! It was really cool and had a gorgeous view of the Cumberland River that I was surprised to see. I am excited to see more of this greenway and intend to do next week’s 11 miles, weather permitting.
Super psyched to see that the weather is going to be perfect to walk outside I am pumped to start my walk at 12:30 that afternoon. Today’s trek is going to be through Shelby Bottoms Park. Basically walk 5 miles and turn around and come back. There was a ton of people out, walkers, runners, roller bladders and of course bike riders. The walk went great, the knee was bothering me a bit on the jogging segments but I did not do too much of that just enough to maintain the 15 minutes a mile time frame. I did finish the 10 miles in exactly 2 hours and 29 minutes. I have to admit it was pretty level for the most part and I will be mixing it up a bit more in next weeks schedule. I would like to be able to keep the 4 mph, but it is quite a bit more difficult when you start throwing in so many hills.
I will just keep plugging away and keep you posted next week on my training developments. I have caught back up on my time frame and will be reporting (hopefully) on the Saturday after my 11 mile trek.
Stay tuned for the countdown of week 4’s training…..until then……….
Happy trekking, Mary