And The Half Marathon Training Has Begun

31 May

Well I am on Week 3 of my Half Marathon training schedule. This all came about after I signed up to run a 10K race with Jen and Heather. So I started running a few times a week starting at 2K and then ran 6K on my own and with Heather and Jen before the 10K race. I was feeling pretty unsure of the 10K since that was 4K more than I had run so far. Well race day arrived and it was raining. Heather and I met up with Jen and got prepped to run the 10K by staying dry and warm in the mall until the start of the race. The music was pumping and the excitement was growing and then the race began. I was feeling good and the adrenaline was flowing. We ran 9 and 1′s that day and I was unsure that I could even do that. At the 5K mark I was thinking, what did I sign up for??? There is no way I am going to finish this race. But Jen and Heather encouraged me and gave me the nudge I needed and Jen just said, concentrate on swinging your arms more and then the last 1K, Jen started describing the yummy brunch we were going to eat after at Heather’s house. All of these things helped push me to the end of the race. The last 500 meters were incredibly hard and exhilarating, we started racing harder and harder and ran over the finish line at 1 hour, 13 mins and 13 seconds. I almost burst into tears from the adrenaline, it was awesome and so hard. But I was so proud of myself for completing a 10K, 17 months after my foot surgery. My foot surgery was Dec 10, 2009 and for about 9 months, I was not participating in any other exercise besides walking the dog since my foot was healing and hurt sooooo much. In September 2010, I signed up for bootcamp with my dear friend Tara and she worked through my new goals of getting back into shape and getting my foot strong and pain free. At the end of the 8 weeks, I felt amazing. I has lost 15 pounds from a huge change of diet and a challenging butt kicking bootcamp and felt awesome!!! I had started and was part way down the road of my fitness journey.

Bootcamp started again on Feb 1 and I felt 10 times better than I did in September. I was no longer needing to do the optional exercises that would hurt my foot less, I was able to push myself even harder. I was filled with excitement and a sense of accomplishment. I had set out on my journey of being healthier and fitter last November and seeing results along this journey was so exciting and rewarding.

So while training for the 10K run, Jen and I decided to sign up for the Harvest Half Marathon on October 1, 2011. So now being on week 3 of the training program, I am running 4-5 days a week and depending on the day, I am running 5-10K. I am definitely getting faster and stronger and feel better on the runs but it is still very hard and some days just don’t feel as good. I think the thing I struggle with the most is strengthening my feet. So I am going to work on the philosophy of barefoot running and run 1 day a week without orthotics and run barefoot on the grass which will strengthen my foot and also improve my running posture.

Well that’s it for now. I will keep updating my progress on my running journey.

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