So This Half-Marathon is ON

It looks like it’s been nearly a month since my last fitness-related post. Weird since I was updating every week there for several months. Been keeping up with everyone else but just haven’t been motivated enough to pound out a few words of my own. LAME. What’s not lame is that I’ve still been hitting it hard – maybe even harder than usual – in many ways. Here are some:

I did mention last time that I was officially starting my half-marathon training program that I had made for myself. I made the program myself for a variety of reasons, though mostly I did it so I could go at my own slow pace. While I was able to complete couch-to-5k and 5k-to-10k programs, at the risk of sounding like a wimp, I sometimes felt the intervals at which the longer runs grew was a little too much too soon. My program that I’ve made for myself gives me a long run every two weeks that increases by approximately 10% with one or two 2-3 mile runs during the week and a Runtastic Story Run on the off weekends (about 4 miles or so). I have a half-marathon in mind that’s the first week of April and if I finish this program I will hit half-marathon (and then some) distance by the end of February. The program looks like this:

Week 1: Short (story) Run Week 2: 5 Miles Week 3: Short (story) Run
Week 4: 5.5 Miles Week 5: Short (story) Run Week 6: 6 Miles
Week 7: Short (story) Run Week 8: 6.5 Miles Week 9: Short (story) Run
Week 10: 7.1 Miles Week 11: Short (story) Run Week 12: 7.75 Miles
Week 13: Short (story) Run Week 14: 8.5 Miles Week 15: Short (story) Run
Week 16: 9.25 Miles Week 17: Short (story) Run Week 18: 10.1 Miles
Week 19: Short (story) Run Week 20: 11.1 Miles Week 21: Short (story) Run
Week 22: 12.2 Miles Week 23: Short (story) Run Week 24: 13.5 Miles
Week 25: Short (story) Run Week 26: 14.75 Miles Week 27: Short (story) Run

Week 27 is the last week of February, leaving me with one month before the race. I intend to take a week to run at 75% distance (~10.25 Miles), two weeks at 50% (~6.5 miles), and one week at 25% (~2.25 miles) before the big day. I’ve not signed up for my race just yet because I want to make sure I can stick with this training at least until the end of October (early registration, aka CHEAP registration, ends on November 1) before I sign up. I’m motivated enough myself, but now my running friend from across the pond, Running Not Racing is looking to do her first half during that week, too, so I believe we’ve decided to make this happen! Accountability abroad, I love it!

Meanwhile I have completed weeks 1-3 already so I’m well on my way. A mere 24 weeks stands between me and the end of my program, only 21 until I hit half marathon distance. Hard to believe this time last year I was struggling to run a mile! Sometimes it’s a little frustrating that it’s going to take so long to get there but like I tell everyone else, fitness isn’t a temporary fad. If you do it right, it’s a lifelong process so who really cares how long it takes? Just get out there and enjoy the run – a hobby that hurts, can be a serious bummer, and something I sometimes hate, but have a weird passion for in the end.

 

So in addition to this and my three boxing classes I attend each week I’ve been helping Erin train three nights per week on another custom program I’ve built based on my hour-long classes at Title Boxing Club. She’s successfully completed 3 of the 4 weeks the program was built for consisting of a mild-intensity warm up, heavy bag + mitt work, and moderate intensity core exercises. She’s also getting out with me on Sunday mornings for a bit of active recovery that includes walking her first 5k on the Greenway and playing some basketball at the park. Next week I think we’re attempting tennis!

Once she finishes her 4 week boxing program I’m going to get her on something that’s a bit more independent so I can have Thursdays for a photography class I’m going to be taking. Photography is something I’ve always had an interest in and it’s a fun hobby I have but I’ve never gotten any classroom style education on the topic. I’m looking forward to it!

One more thing I want to get to before I drop in the usual mileage table: I finally got my story in for Strange Lands! Strange Lands is a Pulp Magazine revival project I was invited to be a part of as a contributing writer. I haven’t been published in a few years and the last time was for Cosmopolitan Magazine so to say I feel like I’m out of my element is an understatement. I had a very hard time getting the writer’s mind back on track but I finally knocked out my first Pulp story, Just Ride, a short about Lilith Flora Del Rio, her relationship with a demon named Attah, and her life growing to be an experienced, seductive black widow. If the owner of the project digs it well enough and invites me back for another issue, I’d like to turn her into a recurring character with several stories about her past and the many rich husbands she weds. We’re looking to start our Kickstarter fundraiser next month so I’ll probably be pimping that here when it comes about. Check it out if you haven’t already!

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And I guess here’s the updated table:

2015 Running
Time Period Total Distance
Runtastic Runs (1/1-4/15) 56.51 Miles
5k-to-10k (4/15-6/21) 87.52 Miles
Runtastic Runs (6/23-Present) 90.22 Miles
Total Yearly Miles: 234.25

Miles Left Until 2015 Goal (350 Miles): 115.75

2015 Race Times

Race Time
Calhoun’s New Year’s Day 5k 2015 No official time
Zen Evo Chocolate Lover’s Valentine’s 5K 2015 33:10
Barley’s St. Patrick’s Day 5k 2015 34:34
Covenant Health 5k 2015 33:39
Pilot Fireball Moonlite Classic 5k 33:05
The Man Run 10K 01:12:43
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6 thoughts on “So This Half-Marathon is ON

  1. Damn sounds like a good HM plan. What’s the goal race you have in mind? (Don’t worry if you don’t want to say, I got really secretive about my HM because I was scared to jinx it or drop out!)

    I also built my own HM plan but it was wayyy too ambitious and I got injured from simple overuse. I’ll definitely be reeling it in in future. Good job on actually coming up with a realistic plan.

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    • I’m aiming to run the Covenant Health half marathon in April. I believe it’s the biggest race in my town, maybe even in my part of the state, maybe even in my entire state. It’s a marathon, half-marathon, 5k, and a 1 mile fun run. Earlier this year I ran the 5k portion of it and while I felt it was a pretty awesome accomplishment, I also felt like I had ran the “baby race” because, honestly in comparison to the others, it WAS the baby race! It was that moment when I decided to train for a 10k. Had no idea I’d ever consider running the half there!

      I’m really hoping this training program works alright. It’s a bit strange to call it a “program” because proper programs are a bit more specific whereas mine is “as long as you run this far on these weeks, I don’t care what you do otherwise.” I’m not in a hurry, though, and I think this will work out just fine. We’ll seeeeeeee!

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      • I know what you mean- when I first started running, a 10K seemed completely out of reach. And even when I managed 10Ks, i decided that would be my longest distance. How things change!

        Also your “program” or non-program sounds pretty legit. I need to take a leaf out of your book and be more casual about my training. I can get really Type A about the whole thing and end up suffering!

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  2. Yes, this is totally on! I wasted hours on line last week researching Half marathons. I came up with the Connemarathon but its very busy and hilly, so remains Subject To Change. I wont be starting my official training until Dec 1st as I am currently working on taking 10 mins off my 10k time but one works towards the other. I have decided to use My Asics for my training plan as I have been having great result and great fun using it for my current training Goal. As we are doing this, I feel it only fair to properly introduce myself, my name is Rachel. Nice to meet you!

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