And It Begins

I’m baaack!  And I owe you some wedding recaps and a wonderful doggy 5k recap.  But today, I want to brag a bit.

I’d been struggling with running, but hanging in there with my Couch to 5k program (it’s such an awesome program).  Then we went to Tennessee to spend a Thanksgiving week with the in-laws.  Luckily for me (just wrote “fir”, yup, we was down south!), anyway, luckily for me, my mother and father in law are regulars at their gym.  So I went with them three times to run and lift weights.

And on Thanksgiving Day, I ran my own personal 5k!  Three miles straight!  In 36:40!! (Three minutes faster than my 5k just weeks earlier at the doggy 5k!)  I knew then that I would be ready to begin my HALF-MARATHON TRAINING!!!!

I decided to follow the Hal Higdon novice plan, which is 12 weeks to 13.1 miles!  Here is what my week 1 looks like:


So today, I had to run 3 miles.  I want to run in the morning (you know, when there is actually sun!?!), but I couldn’t sleep well, and then it was raining.  Lame excuses, but that just meant that I had to go to the gym tonight.  I was still nervous about running.  My tummy was feeling funny, and I thought that I might not make it.  But after my first 1/4 mile, I knew that I could do it.  It’s amazing how mental running can be.

Of course having some Christmas eye and ear candy helped, too.


So I ran 3 miles in 34 minutes (11:18 min/mile).  YAY!!  And I didn’t die! 

Here’s to tomorrow and some cross-training! 

And it begins . . .

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Posted on December 7, 2011, in Half-Marathon Training and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. good for you!! I used Hal Higdon’s plan for my half marathon training and it was perfect for me. You’re def. going to love the training! I’ve been sooo bad about running lately…but I’m excited to get back into it..prob. starting in January. Hoping to train for another half marathon in the spring!

  2. I’m so glad to hear of someone else using it and enjoying it! Thanks, Laura!

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