My feelings towards signing up for a half-marathon clinic were all over the map this week. Excited. Exhausted. Determined. Overwhelmed. Proud. Nervous. Encouraged. Guilty. On top of the world. Barely making it through. You are probably thinking, Yikes. If she feels like this on week 1 out of 14, how is she ever going to make it?!? Well, I have thought that this week as well!
Why did I choose to do this? Well, I love running and challenging myself. I’ve ran and trained for a couple of half-marathons, and have ran in a few 10K races, since having my first child, nine years ago, and each time I feel I have learned something about myself through the experience. It’s been approximately three years since the last time I ran/trained for a half-marathon and I just feel like it's the right time for me to embark on this journey again, and my husband has agreed to support me and take on more so that I can do this (he is 100% awesome!). This time I am seeking motivation and expertise from a local business that runs various running clinics for people of all levels and for various distances. I really want to achieve a PB time, my previous times were 2:10:00 and 2:06:59, and I know that in order to achieve a significant improvement I need an external push and some education on how to achieve this.
I was not disappointed on night one of the clinic. The group of individuals that filled the room, all experiences and levels, were warm and inviting. The coach was enthusiastic and very approachable. We had a fairly intense workout, which included a warm-up run, dynamic stretches and then 8 X 60 second sprints. Well the first one I started off HARD and 20 seconds in I thought, I HAVE TO STOP, I AM RUNNING OUT OF FUEL. I didn’t stop because the beauty of running in a group is that you aren’t going to be the one that stops! I did learn to start off a little bit slower and to build my speed as the minute went on. Also I found people in the group that ran a similar pace and kept up with them. It’s awesome to do that because it’s extremely motivating and keeps you from letting yourself off the hook too quickly, forcing your body to adapt and push through.
Here is what week #1 looked like:
Tuesday- Cross-training, Shred by Jillian Michaels, Level 2 (this is an awesome at home workout that’s total body in 20 minutes; it also has three levels depending on your current fitness level)
Wednesday- 6km run (so sore)
Thursday- 6km run (race pace) on the treadmill
Friday- 5km run
Saturday- 10km slow run
Sunday- yoga/recovery day
Mid-week I was really doubting my decision and feeling discouraged but by Thursday evening my legs felt better and I could see the end of week #1 in sight. My running buddy and I finished the last run for the week early this morning and we felt pretty darn good.
|2008 Victoria, B.C. 1st half-marathon; 2:10:00|
|2013 Bridge City Boogie 10Kwith some awesome ladies and the best little cheerleaders in the world. Personal Best 57:06.|