Divorced Mother of 3 Training for a Half Marathon
Thursday, March 21, 2013
So, it's no secret that a lot has been going on with me for the past couple months. Been in the midst of a divorce and a huge life shift (moving out of my house, starting up as a half-time single mom, paying all my own bills by myself, and holding down my full-time job all the while). I suppose it shouldn't be shocking to hear that I did absolutely NOTHING for about 5 weeks. I mean, I had the occasional swim or 30-Day Shred workout here and there, but nothing consistent and nothing serious. And my eating habits were subpar, to say the least. During this time, I gained back 10 lbs of the 40 lbs I lost last season (which, honestly...is not too terrible in my book, considering all that 's been happening).
But yesterday my divorce was final. That chapter of my life is officially OVER and done and gone. It is a new day, friends. Time for new beginnings and time to get back in the game of life...on my terms.
My first race of the season is a half marathon and it's on May 4th...just 6 weeks from now. My normal half marathon training plan is 15 weeks...so a few weeks ago, I started to panic. I just could NOT figure out a workout schedule on the weeks I have my kids. But a friend of mine told me about a half marathon training plan she saw on Pinterest that is only 8 weeks long. (At that point, we had 10 weeks to race day.) I saw my window of opportunity and I seized it. I determined that I would MAKE this training plan work because I refuse to run this half as unprepared as my first half, which I ran last October.
So...two weeks ago, I started this plan. It started off nice and slow with a maximum workout of 5 miles (2 mile walk, 1 mile run, 2 mile walk). It has ramped up over the past couple weeks to 6 miles (2 mile walk, 2 mile run, 2 mile walk) with several other smaller runs in between and crosstraining once a week. Also, some rest days...obviously.
Overall, training is going well. Cardio-wise, I'm in great shape. I have had a pain in my front left shin that concerns me. But it doesn't feel like a muscle pain...it feels like a very tender bruise on the front of my leg. It is exacerbated by running, but I am not sure what is going on there. Keeping a close eye on it and how it responds to long runs.
It has been difficult to figure out how to SCHEDULE these runs, as things are so variable from week to week with kids and without kids. But, somehow, I have managed to stick to this plan for two weeks. Guess what? I've been faithful to 1/4 of the this training plan! That means, if I can just keep this up...and follow the plan for 6 more weeks, I should be in great shape on race day!
I can't quite explain what a victory this is for me. It might seem like a small thing...fitting my runs in every day or every other day. But, if you knew how difficult my Kid Weeks are, as far as schedule goes...you'd see that this is not just about getting a daily workout or training for a big race. It represents the fact that I am beginning to feel some control over my life, which was previously in danger of spinning WAY out of control.
As my friend, ON2VICTORY always says of training, "Every workout you complete and every promise you keep to yourself is a boost in self-confidence that will fuel your next workout." It's true, I've felt my feelings towards myself begin to lift as of late.
My next steps are to begin to clean up my eating and really hone in on fueling this beautiful piece of machinery God has blessed me with, this amazing and intricate body that has recovered from great injury and that will seemingly do the impossible and run 13.1 miles just a few weeks from now.
Wish me luck...no, better yet, wish me determination and loyalty to myself. Those are much more useful than luck.