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Can’t Stop Running – Registered for NWM Half!

Monday, February 04, 2013

I must be a crazy person, seriously. On Friday, I decided to sign up for a half marathon. I was just saying that I wouldn't run for a while but I just can't help myself I guess. It just sounded too exciting! So, 12 weeks from now, on April 28th, I'll be joining 14,999 other runners in the first Nike Women's Half Marathon in DC!

I am actually really excited to get back into training. The last few times I tested my ankle in runs and other cardio, the bone didn't hurt at all (my Achilles is another story but that can be stretched and strengthened). My plan for training for this race is actually no plan at all.

I have a history of not training very well for races. I don't know exactly the reason why I suck at following a training schedule but obviously the plans I always set up are pretty much useless anyway. (As a side note, my ankle inflammation was not caused by lack of proper training for a race - it was from doing Insanity). So my plan is to just plan out the long runs and wing the rest. I want to run 3 times a week including at least one HIIT session such as speed intervals, hills, or tempo runs. Most of my runs will be by feel rather than strict speeds.

I will also be working around my Body Beast schedule which I will continue through to the race (I may skip a few workouts the week of the big day to rest my body). Of course, this will skew any results I get from doing the Body Beast program as I will be doing more cardio than it calls for. I also plan on skipping any Beast Cardio days, as it has a lot of jumping and side-to-side movements which is how I hurt myself in the first place.

So that's it! I'm on my way to half marathon number 6 and can't wait for the big day! I don't really have any expectations for this race. While I would love to start running and find out that I'm fit as a fiddle and faster than ever, I am pretty sure that isn't going to happen. Who knows how my body will improve over the next 12 weeks though! Run #1 is tonight to figure out how far I can run comfortably. It is freezing outside so sadly it will be done on a treadmill but I need some sort of starting point. Wish me luck!

PS. Posted a blog at my other site about a friend's Flash Mob I went to. I had her answer some questions on how she follows a healthy lifestyle!
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    1872 days ago
    Awesome! I'm sure you'll have a great time whether you follow a training plan to a T or just make a point of running weekly. I tend to do best on a very loose plan at most; when life is hectic, it seems like one more stress when it's just not possible to get the prescribed run in on a certain day. I'll be just one week ahead of you on the training curve, so we can suffer together.
    1873 days ago
    I'll be there too!
    1873 days ago
    Congrats on signing up for another HM! I'm training to run my third on April 28th - but I'm planning to do the Divas Half Marathon in Myrtle Beach! :)
    1873 days ago
  • IRP1114
    How fun! You will be fine girl ; )! You know yourself. I am sure you will be able to get your body ready for it! emoticon
    1873 days ago
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