So... half marathon training. 13.1 miles. I am able to run about a quarter of that distance currently, but I am nowhere near the full distance that is required. This is definitely going to be an uphill battle, one that is going to take a lot of hard work. I am motivated and ready, though, and I can't wait to see that mileage increase as I move through my training. I have been doing a lot of reading and researching before I get started, both to see what I can expect as well as to understand the best way of going about this. Rome wasn't built in a day, and I certainly cannot fathom just going out there and running 13 miles tomorrow. There have a been a number of resources that I have found useful as I get started, namely Runner's World and /r/Running on reddit.com. Cool Running also looks like a useful site, although I haven't done much peeking around there as of yet.
This is my half marathon training schedule (as well as the races I have signed up for so far this year). It is a 12 week program; this is nice because if I feel stuck on certain weeks, I can repeat them a few times if need be. The Chicago Half Marathon isn't until September, so I have plenty of time to train. For now, since Chicagoland has transformed into the Arctic, I'll be utilizing my gym membership--running on the treadmill, cross training on the elliptical and the bikes. I will also be using the weight machines and free weights, as well as doing yoga to strengthen and stretch (went out yesterday and bought a yoga mat so I can get about it properly!) As far as yoga is concerned, I have also been doing research and watching videos, and I'm hoping I can take a few classes just to make sure I am aligned and posing properly.
I am super pumped to get back into running regularly. I had a great routine going, but then November and December happened... the holiday season is our biggest and busiest part of the year, so that set me back a little bit. In addition, I also had an injury at the beginning of November, and then I've been sick a few times as well. I miss having it as part of my routine... I miss running! And that's how I know I've made it... that's how I know I can call myself a runner.
Monday, it begins. Join me on the adventure here, and if you see me around, ask me how it's all going!