And so it is! I have decided to take the plunge & register for the Gulf Coast Half Marathon on the Louisiana Northshore! Yes folks, that is 13.1 Miles!
I brought up the site…and while my palms were nervously sweating and my thoughts were something like, ” I must be crazy, but…” CLICK. And it was done.
Did I really just do that? Well, I know it is super far in advance, but I found a few online training programs that fit my current running habits, and I thought – why not? I am the type of person that needs a goal in mind…and I have been wanting to challenge myself. So now that I have committed, I am going to document it all here for you to follow along/laugh/wince in pain! I’ll be honest with you – if I hadn’t committed to this, right now, I would be coming up with all sorts of excuses for not doing it.
I found a 16-week training program through Active.com that looked promising…and then found the Columbus Marathon & Half Marathon 20-week training program. (This is close to home for me, and the race that my aunt my mom walked last year!) Although the plans are similar, I think I like the consistency of running 5 days, with either 2 rest days, or one rest day and a cross train day! The 16-week program has 3 rest days a week and even takes you the full 13 miles.
To be honest, I was discussing, on the phone with my mother, the option of running this race, and she asked me a very basic question. When do you start training? And I was like…oh – I perused a few training programs online and even with a 20-week program I won’t have to start until mid-June. Being the ever persistent (wonderful) mother that she is…she paused on her end and I could hear her muttering under her breath. Yep – she was counting back the weeks from the date (Oct. 9th) and very motherly like hinted that I may want to count my weeks again. OMG. With the 20-week option, I should have started THIS WEEK. I told you I have been pretty sick and I think I was med-head when I looked up the plans!
Good thing the first week is 2 & 3 mile days – since I am coming off a cold and basically a 3-week running hiatus – this was my plan anyway! Hah! I admit that there will be a few days where I switch things around, but for the most part, I really enjoy having a good laid-out plan! The hardest part for me will be getting over the mental hurdles of running longer than 5 miles!
So why do I even want to do this?
- I’m 28. An Adult Runner. More often than not, I find myself analyzing nutrition labels, eyeing the anti-aging skin care line, and wondering why on earth can’t I stay up past midnight anymore? I know that now is the time to start taking care of myself and forming healthier habits.
- I’ve always admired the long-distance runners. There is just something about the physical and mental challenge of completing such a long distance. I’ve always secretly wished I could be a marathoner, but never really took any action to achieve it!
- I found the PERFECT half-marathon for me. It’s practically in my back yard! My longest run to date (a 5 miler) was on the Tammany Trace – where half of the run will be – so no huge surprises!
So what are your reasons for running? Are you a first timer or an ultra-marathoner?