Thursday, January 28, 2010

Running and training

Today I called my sister to ask her if she had done her taxes yet. I wanted to encourage her to do them soon because having a new tax deduction (baby) makes for a happier return! So, we talked for a bit and then she told me that she has been thinking about training for a half marathon. She wants to have a fitness goal to work towards and she asked me to JOIN her in training for the run! I am NOT a runner, I am a true beginner but, there are great training plans for us to follow and I believe that we can do it.

So, the run is Sunday, May 9th (Mother's Day!!!) in Kirkland and I can't think of anything I'd rather do on Mother's Day than run a half marathon with my sister. The feeling when we complete the run will be amazing. Talk about a feeling of accomplishment.

The training plan goes like this........1st you must train to be able to do a 5K. There are print outs that say how much you need to run everyday. The training for the 5K takes 6 weeks. After you can do a 5K, you train for the 1/2 marathon. The training for the 1/2 marathon takes 12 weeks if you follow the schedule.

So, we have 15 weeks and a few days until the run. Training is going to be hard and take time. We must follow the training schedules though or else it won't happen. I feel so pumped up and excited. I know we can do this. It is out of my comfort zone and I'm definitely not a runner but, the feeling of completing the run is going to be awesome.

I'm going to try to blog often about the training for it. I'll be honest about my run times and hope that I don't have any judgemental readers. :) I am truly a beginner!

Tonight was the first day of training. The instructions were to run 1 mile at an "easy" pace. I went to the gym after Jeremiah got home, warmed up for 5 minutes, ran the 1 mile in just under 12 minutes and then cooled down and stretched. It felt good! I got on a treadmill next to someone that was running so, it motivated me to keep going. Also, I had great music to listen to. Bon Jovi "Livin' on a Prayer", motivational for sure!


On another note, this morning Judah and I went and got some groceries. He is transitioning from having 2 naps a day to just an afternoon nap. He fell asleep in the car on the way to the store and I thought he looked so cute. Don't worry, I took this picture of him after I was parked.

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