A new chapter begins

Sunday, May 06, 2012

I had a great time with Sparkfriends in Pittsburgh last month, participating in "Just a Short Run," so when members of the group invited everyone to sign up for the Rock N Roll Half Marathon (also in Pittsburgh) in August 2013, I was initially skeptical. I can walk and I can bike, but I've never been a great runner.

I did some running in college, but most of my attempts at running as an adult have ended in injury. I think this happens mostly because I get ahead of myself and I want to do more, and do it faster than is strictly advisable.

Anyway, I was leaning toward doing it, and I got swept up in the excitement. I signed up this morning. The opportunity to be with Sparkfriends is a big draw.

I have a year and 3 months to get ready for this, so here's the plan. I know that I have more than enough time to train for this, and that I need to do everything in a slow and measured way. I'm starting out today with Jeff Galloway's 8 week conditioning program (
raining/condition.html), to help get my body ready for longer distance running. Then, if all goes well, I'll start following the half marathon training program (
raining/half_marathon.html), repeating weeks as needed to make sure I'm ready for the next distance increase. I also want to talk to my physical therapist and look into strength training programs, because I know that one of my problems as a runner is weak hips. (I've been doing some exercises for my hips, but I don't know how far I've gotten relative to where I need to be for what I want to do.)

I know that one of the biggest challenges for me in doing this will be to keep myself from trying to go too far too fast and then get hurt. It's 13.1 miles, and I have up to 4 hours to do it, so I don't have to be fast, but I do want to finish.

Are you with me?

Will you encourage me, hold me accountable, and remind me to slow down over the next 15 months if I start to get ahead of myself?

All I want to do is run, spend time with friends, and finish without injuries. Losing some more weight would be great too, but not at the expense of losing muscle.

Oh, and I'm still going to be riding my bike to work!

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  • TIGGER622
    You are awesome!!! This is soooooo cool!!! You can totally do this, and yes, we'll keep you slow girl, no need to rush the training, you have the time, enjoy it! YIPPEE!!!
    3126 days ago
    WooHoo! You'll do great!
    3126 days ago
    It is so great to watch you on your journey! Of course I'm with you and will encourage you--both to keep it up and to slow down.. I really don't want to read about an injury!
    3127 days ago
    You are inspiring me! I checked out the conditioning training program and printed it off. I don't know if I would ever be able to run (being old and overweight) but I know I could improve my walking! Thank you for posting those links!
    3127 days ago
    I need to get in shape for this too. I'll remind you to slow down if you'll remind me to keep pushing.

    3127 days ago
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