Week Two - Half Marathon Training
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Yep, I have signed up for a half marathon. The date is May 11th, 19 weeks from today!
The Half, or quarter, marathon is for women only. Last year over 20 women and daughters from church signed up to do the 2012 one. As it got closer I was hearing more and more chatter and excitement about it. To be honest I allowed my feelings to be hurt that I hadn't been informed or invited to participate. But then who would have thought that an over 300lb woman would even be interested in doing it.
I decided THEN that I would be doing it for 2013. My weight is not much different now, but mentally I made this commitment at the begining of the year and I WILL DO IT! Registration was Nov 1st and I stayed up until midnight to sign in right away before I could second guess myself.
I am not planning on running or jogging the 13.1 miles. I need to get weight off my joints before I even contemplate doing that. Having been inspired by SLIMKATIE's huge success I'm trying the half marathon training program she recommends, Hal Higdon. He has several levels, even one for walking.
So today I finished week two of the training. Assignment today, 3 miles. Very doable. I've walked several 5K distances. It'll start getting interesting at week 4 when the Saturday's assignment will be to walk 5 miles. Thankfully most of the time he says to do it easy. The program is 12 weeks but I have 19 more weeks so after finishing the 12 weeks I'll start back begining with week 4. Who knows, after 12 weeks of walking maybe I'll feel strong enough, with some weight gone, to try some walk/jog. We'll see.
For now I'm thrilled to be moving again, with a physical goal to keep me going.