Half Marathon training - Day 1
Monday, August 22, 2011
Today begins my official journey to my first Half Marathon. In 96 days, I will be running in the 40th Anniversary Space Coast Half Marathon. I picked this race because the course is beautiful (right along the Indian River near Cocoa Beach FL) and because it is in the late fall so with any luck it will be cool and not humid. Several years ago, when I first started getting into shape, I wanted to run a marathon. Shortly after, I hurt my knee and pretty much figured that was going to be out of the question. But in the last year, I had some physical therapy to strenghen my knee and IT bands and I am learning Chi running. Chi Running is all about running without injury. So far, I have had great luck with it. If all goes well over the next 3 months and thur the race ...... maybe there is a full marathon in my future. But for now, my focus is to run the half!
I am using the Runners World Smart Coach smart phone ap. It will tell me every day what I am supposed to do - including rest which is a vital part of any expercise progam. I plan to continue yoga on my run days and will do Cycling 3 days a week. The RW Smart Coach starts your training on Monday so even though I committed last week, I only began training today. With that said, I did run on Sunday morning. After running on an indoor track for several week, I had a VERY tough time with the humidity yesterday. I am hoping that I both become a bit more acclimated to it and more so, that it begins to decrease.
So to start with a few stats - and goals for the next 96 days:
Starting weight: 160 (yikes!) - goal wieght for race is 140
Scheduled: 2 mile easy run at 11:05 pace
As run: 2 mile easy run at 9:40 pace