Half marathon training day

by Christine on October 25th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Exercise

Happy Monday, Revolutionists!

On December 5th, I have pledged to do a half marathon. That’s 13.1 miles, which I will be doing at the gym on the treadmill.  Now, keep in mind that I have never ran in a 5k race, much less a 10K or a half marathon.  (I’ve done a 5k on the treadmill at the gym, but that’s it.)  What on earth makes me think that I can accomplish a half marathon in a month’s time?  Because I want to, that’s what. I set it out as a goal a few months ago (after a shout-out from Miz Fit, although I think since then she has decided not to compete in her marathon that day, I’m not sure). Either way, I made a pledge to myself to DO IT, and so I shall!

My guidelines are this: Walk, jog, or crawl through the finish line. I can do it all at once, spread out over the course of the day (7 miles in the morning, 6 miles in the evening), or however else I feel like doing it. But I *WILL* do 13.1 miles that day, in some way shape or form.

I encourage all of you to help me out and make a similar pledge! If you’re not ready for a half marathon, maybe you can pledge to do a 5k, or a 10k! Any support that I can get would be awesome though! I think (I hope!) I have convinced Shane to play along: Will you take up the challenge too? After all, that’s the underlying point of this website: if you can challenge yourself, you can achieve it! That goes for weight loss as well as any other kind of personal challenge!

Today I did 2 miles on the treadmill, but I felt like I could run forever. My heart felt strong, and I didn’t get any side-stitches. I stopped myself short on purpose because I wanted to do some low-resistance bicycle riding as well, as part of my self-given physical therapy for my knee.  Tomorrow I’ll do strength training and another 2 miles. Then Thursday I aim to get 5 miles in at once.  That’s my immediate “training” plan.

If you haven’t read my “Holiday Planning” post, you should, especially with Halloween right around the corner! Check it out today!

Today I also storyboarded all of Part 1 of my book and wrote a little today; hopefully I can make big progress on this section this week!  I also browsed for jobs in my area, but didn’t find anything worth applying to. Maybe next week.

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  • Secloudy

    Great challenge!! You can definitely do it. I love the days when running seems effortless :)

  • Bonnie

    Good for you. I need to lose a little more weight, but am hoping by the spring that I’ll be able to run a 5K. My immediate goal is to get back to doing my exercise dvds. I used to love doing them – especially the step aerobics. Thanks for your comment on the post I did about not getting compliments. What you said really made me feel a lot better.

  • Libby

    Go for it! And sign me up. I’ll do a 10K on my treadmill. How many miles is that anyway???

  • Shane G.

    oh yeah, I am on board but please be sure to remind me a few days in advance please. I have recently had to give up jogging at least for now, but trust and believe, I will do it walking!

  • Patrick

    Because you want to, that is the best reason you can embrace. So often people do these things for causes, which is absolutely fine; a wonderful thing. But just doing it because you want to, well’ that says allot about a persons belief in their self worth.

    I shudder at the thought of the weather come Dec 5th, and I shudder even more at the thought of doing such a feat on a treadmill. But I know I can walk 13.1 miles on any given day if so inspired. And the thought of me stitting on my butt watching the Bears ruin another Sunday while knowing you are simultaneously kicking major asphalt / treadmill rubber seems to have plucked an inspirational chord. So you can count on me to wake up on 12/5 and figure out a way to move myself 13.1 miles that day.

    How many days is that from now, 40’ish? Yeah, I need to get up in the morning and get in some miles. So good night :-)

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  • http://notjustcelery.wordpress.com Karen @ Not Just Celery

    I’ll be running the Las Vegas Rock & Roll Half that day! I think it’s awesome you want to do a half on that day too – you can definitely do it!

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