My "Half Marathon Training" Catchup Story... for anyone who cares... (:P)
So, I AM TRAINING FOR A HALF MARATHON.
Can't believe it...
And still it's so scary to say that out loud. Ha...
So here's the story thus far.
Back in November, I joined a running group. Paid $100 for basically 16 weeks of guidance. First day, it started strong at about 140 people. The goal is that we meet on the beach every Sunday morning at 7am (there goes sleeping in for 4 months!). And so each week we beat out increased mileage until the HM at the end of February.
The main difference with this running group is they use the Galloway RUN-WALK-RUN™ method (Jeff Galloway, famous runner/author/fitness speaker--google him and educate yourself). Meaning, certain RUN/WALK intervals in order to sustain performance and reduce and even prevent injury. For example, run 2 mins/walk 1, or run 8 mins/walk 1 min. So in this running group you join a pace group at whatever level you're comfortable at.
In between the Sunday runs, the schedule for cardio is all you. But basically you have to commit 30-40 mins of cardio 3-4x a week. I do that anyway so, that was easy.
So here's a little synopsis of my training thus far:
::::::::WEEKS 1-3 (3-5 miles)::::::::
November. Start of it all! 140 people strong. 6 pace level groups. I killed it. Didn't even blink. My one problem was waking up at 6am on a Sunday to get there by 7. (lol) NOT pleasant! I started to get cocky and push a little too hard. And "enter stage left", my left knee starts giving me achy problems. "Hmmm... Wonder what that's about?"....I was thinking to myself. Oh well, no big deal. (lol) silly, silly.
::::::::WEEKS 4-5 (5-7 miles):::::::::
Nov/Dec. 140 people strong. Still 6 level groups. Started getting used to waking up so early because sunrise on the beach is GORGEOUS!
I was running and doing amazing internally. Heart good, breathing smart, cardiovascular completely keeping up, but my knee was ailing more and more. Then finally I finished a run, and I was completely hobbled. It's amazing how good you "think" you are. Then, you are oh-so quickly corrected, ha. Very humbling. So my running leader patched me up with some ice which helped a great deal. He recommended a few things to me. 1) Ibuprofen before every run, 2) always ice your knee following the run and 3) take time off from running. The last advice killed me. What?!? (grrr)
::::::::Weeks 6-7 (6-7 miles):::::::::
December. My knee was bad, and scared me silly. I stayed home. It was stiff and achy. Not necessarily pain, but incredible discomfort. Every movement felt like bone on bone. I literally moved like an old lady. At one point I was so afraid, I thought I might have a torn miniscus, but it would recover too quickly to be that, so I ruled it out. I hated, HATED not being able to run, but I had to chill. When my knee started feeling better, I got back to the gym and switched to the bike and elliptical instead of the treadmill... much less "knee" impact. Also I upped my omega threes by 3 times what the label said. So the bottle says take 2, I was taking about 6 a day to help with my cell repair.
::::::::Week 8-10 (7-9 miles):::::::::
January. Back on my feet! Back with the group, which by the way had dwindled by at least 1/3. Probably around 90 people. 5 groups now. Debuted running with a much better knee. I started taking ibuprofen and a dose of omega threes before my runs. Also I bought some awesome CWZ running support tights to secure my knee (see pic later). Then underneath those tights I wore a brace. It was like Fort Knox on my knees, trust me, lol. Tight and secure.
On top of that I brought a case of ice to the beach for icing my knee right after each run. It was crazy. So crazy, that after taking proper preparation and respecting the limits of my body, I actually completed running 7, then 8, then 9 miles. 9 miles! Can't even believe that still, but it happened and when I was finished with that last 9 mile run two weeks ago, the pride I felt was like I had crossed some imaginary finish line. I actually felt really, really good. And woman-STRONG, you know? ha... That's when I knew I could it. That's when I KNEW I could run this half marathon. That's also when I knew I had to fess up and OWN IT and start announcing to the world of my goal.
My friends and I stayed afterwards on the beach and toasted to our success.
Then I was still so ecstatic I could just MOVE...(lol) my friend Lauris said, "hey, jump for joy". And I did...!
It was great.
::::::::WEEK 11 (10K - 6 miles)::::::::
Whew, ok, so now last weekend was a COMPLETE blur. Somehow, I ran a 10K. (laughing) I don't even remember driving there, getting ready, doing registration or anything. It was just kind of a shuffle thing that I did because as a group, it was on our schedule, but I did it. I promise I'll report more on it soon. It's just so funny to realize that all of a sudden, also doing a 10K is accomplished. Poof, just check off the list.
Crazier things have happened....(lol)
Hugs to all! More soon!
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