Mostly, it happens when life happens. And for good reasons, like getting more responsibility at work because you get promoted or because you are trying really ridiculously hard to prepare for your first ever half marathon. And you have a 30th birthday and you go on vacation and of course there's some really awesome stuff on TV, and then all of the sudden, it's four months later and you have pretty much neglected your blogito. Oops.
Anyway, I'm posting because I bit the bullet.
|Pretty sure this would take a chunk out of your teeth|
Right now, I'm running about 4 times a week. Which is decent, right? Especially when 2 of those 4 jaunts are 6-7 miles each. I figure since I have over 100 days before the half, I can increase my mileage base to where it needs to be by the time I have to actually run 13.1 miles.
Because Minnesota weather has been so flipping tempermental this year (SNOW IN MAY!?) I've had to do a lot of work on the treadmill. Which, while boring, makes me feel like a HAR MAR SUPERSTAR when I can crank out 8:49 minute miles on a 6.2 mile run.
|Holy balls, I'm so flipping fast on this machine that does all the work for me|
My gym has a cardio cinema, where it shows movies in surround sound in a smaller room filled with cardio machines. I like to do my long indoor runs there, because it's not as boring when you have Meet the Fockers projected on the wall in front of you. Plus with my newfound ability to run faster than a 10:00 minute mile, I am feeling like a SPEED DEMON, and I'm pretty sure the treadmill feels the same way.I have been feeling good about myself and my speed. I'm not the fastest pug in the grumble*, but my only goal for this half marathon is to finish in two hours or less.
|Best Treadmill Ever|
So I've been starting to run outside. I know that I'll be a little bit slower outside vs. the treadmill, and I haven't quite gotten the hang of figuring out what pace I'm running at without my Garmin. I just didn't realize how much slower I would actually be when I got out onto the street.
I started running and felt amazeballs.
|I'm smiling because I don't know what's in store for me|
|This could only be improved by the Australian Garmin Voice saying it out loud|
But I'm hopeful. Because I've got over 100 days to pick up the pace and pick up the miles and finish in two hours or less. It's possible, right? And if it isn't - if I've got some unrealistic expectations here - let me know so I can adjust myself accordingly. And watch for more posts, because I am 100% sure I am going to have some sort of training explosion all over the place and I am probably going to need some encouragement.
So, since this is going to be my very first half and very first actual-like-for-real-this-time-I'm-not-kidding training, any hints and tips for both the training and the race itself?
Also, I love Game of Thrones, but the books are better. Has anyone else read the books (besides Kara)?