As always, this journey to getting back in shape and training for a half-marathon can be best described so far as a “rollercoaster.”
(Don’t ever let it be said that I’m not a drama queen when it comes to running. It would be so boring otherwise!)
The winter has not been kind to my mental state and as my workouts increase, so does the amount of effort I have to put in to get my butt out the door. Some of you who are training for marathons outside may fight me for this title, but I truly feel that no one will be happier to see spring than me.
A few “post-surgery” firsts also took place in the past week. I returned to Master’s swimming. It was tough. I forgot how much swimming before work can tire me out and put my in danger of falling asleep at my desk later.
And then yesterday, after checking the weather and noticing the mercury was safely above zero, I dug about my winter running clothes and actually ran outside.
Not only that, but I did it with my long-lost crew from Running Room. We did four hill repeats for a total of about 6K. I did better than expected … meaning I did not die! It was was actually kind of fun and I remembered how much I love running with a group from time to time.
Last week, closing in on 12 weeks to go before Ottawa Race Weekend, I decided it was time to choose a training plan. My choices were:
- Running Room (5 runs a week and no prescribed cross-training)
- Run Less, Run Faster (3 runs a week and 2 cross-training sessions with a focus on speed)
- Hal Higdon Novice 2 (4 runs a week and 1 cross-training session)
Like Goldilocks says, I decided Hal Higdon’s plan was just right for my current training style. It’s a 12-week plan, which makes this Week One of half-marathon training.
I go back and forth every day on whether this half-marathon will be doable for me or whether I want to give up completely. But looking at this plan makes me feel like I can get to that start line if I put the work in. The goal will be simply to finish and later on I can look at a race with an eye for getting a personal best. 79 days to go!