Crazy Thoughts

So I was just putting my half marathon training schedule down in my calendar, and if I keep to the schedule (hit all schedule runs and mileage), theoretically I should be ready to run a half by the end of May.


Those of you who have been following my journey know that I wasn’t actually planning to run a half until the fall.  I just wanted to give myself plenty of time so I wouldn’t freak out over the enormity of it.  I didn’t even think about the fact that my training program was only 10 weeks long.  Granted, I’ve already had to repeat one of those weeks due to missing a long run, but even so.

I am actually considering running a half this summer instead of waiting until the fall.

I know, it sounds crazy, but I’m afraid that if I complete the training program and get to the end of May and don’t actually have a race, I’ll get bored and fall off the training band wagon.  I suppose I could repeat the program, or come up with some kind of extension, but that would most likely be boring too.

Do I really want to run a half marathon in June or July?  Short answer:  hell no!  Vermont may be known for cold temperatures and snow, but trust me, it gets super hot and humid here too.  I’d be terrified that race day would dawn with a high of 90* and 90% humidity, in which case I’d die of dehydration before I went 3 miles.

So now I’m not really sure what to do.  There are a couple of halves happening end of June and mid-July that I’m interested in–they’re in the southern part of the state, so I’d have to weekend with my parents and get them to shuttle me around, but that could actually be cool.  I’m sure they’d love to come support me.  And if it goes well, I could still do one of the other half marathons I originally wanted to do in the fall.

What do you think–should I take a chance and sign up for an earlier half, or wait until the fall?

The Plan

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I found a training program on Pinterest that looked pretty good, but I needed to alter it a bit because I don’t want to run 6 days a week, and I also really like to get lifting time in at the gym with my boyfriend.  Therefore, I added in another rest day and another cross-training day, leaving me with 2 cross-training days, 2 rest days, and 3 running days per week.  I think this will work for me right now because the half is REALLY far away (either September or November, depending on which one I pick).  As I get closer to the actual race, I can add in more running days as needed, but with at least 6 months to train, this should do:

Half-Marathon Training

Please keep in mind, I am not a trainer or doctor, so I can’t vouch for the safety or efficacy of this training program–this is just what I plan to do.  I would consider myself a novice runner, since I have completed a few 5ks and used to run regularly.  If you are a beginner, you may want to start with a Couch-to-5k or Couch-to-10k program to ease into it.  When I started running, I used Couch-to-5k and it was great!

Also, I’m planning to add a “Races” page with all of the 5ks, 10ks and half-marathons that I plan to participate in this year.  If any of you are in VT and looking for a running buddy or plan to be at one of these events, let me know!