#running4brave - {Training Diary 1}

#running4brave Training Blog This Is My Brave

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I am so excited to take you on this journey with me as I train and simply complete my first half marathon. From what I have heard and read running 13.1 miles is not easy. Your body and your mind play games with you telling you they both want to quit but it’s the perseverance and the ultimate challenge that push a runner the finish line. {One of many analogies on why running is so similar to the journey we call life." More on those analogies to come.}

Why I'm doing this

So, why in the world would I want to do something like this willingly? With all that has happened to me in the last few years from having kids (3 kids under the age of 3!!) along with my mental health, I can finally see through the fog and want to do something that will challenge me emotionally and physically. Partnering with “This Is My Brave” and sharing my journey with each of you this week will keep me accountable and help me remember that I am not just doing this race for me but there are many people cheering me on. I am not new to running however. I ran middle distances in high school track “back in the 90’s” and ran off and on throughout my 20’s but much more seriously after becoming a mom to simply get my body back into shape and to manage my anxiety. I have completed numerous 5ks, an 8k at the same event I’ll be running the half at this year, as well as 3 sprint triathlons. I love the jitters and excitement of race day! I have a medal and bib holder in my room and look forward to adding to it for many years to come.

Running the miles

To catch everyone up to date, I started the journey officially on Monday, January 19th by running 7 miles through our beautiful Nation’s capital with a friend I hadn’t seen since middle school! I can’t wait to share more with you about how great the running community is and how friendships are started simply because two people have a common love for running. I am following Hal Higdon’s Novice Half Marathon training plan. Although I have a good base of 4-5 miles already, I want to be smart about my training to not get injured, so a gradual plan is the best start for me. I have tweaked the plan a bit due to my own schedule and I have to remind myself that the training plan is simply a template to guide me. The most important thing is that I get my total miles in for each week.

Mixing it up

My schedule consists of a Bodyflow (a variety of pilates, yoga and tai chi) at my local gym, cross-training (cycling, swimming or elliptical), strength training (varying muscles each session), running days (miles increase throughout) and of course the most anticipated….REST DAY! I have strategically planned to run a 10k (6.2 miles) at the end of week 4. I haven’t been able to find a 10 mile race that works with my schedule but that is the goal in future weeks. The value of running an actual race helps your mind and body get into race mode and a trial run before the big day.

The first two weeks of training have been great so far! I feel like I could run further distances when I am out on my training runs but I am doing well by simply following the plan. I have run by myself and with friends. I have run with music and without. I have run on the treadmill (aka dreadmill) and outside. I have run with the sun shining and with the snow falling. I have to admit though that I draw the line at running outside in the cold when it’s raining. That’s just miserable and a recipe for getting sick. The snow here in Northern Virginia is making it hard to get an outside run in but I have been looking at the forecast and planning my outside runs around the incoming snow and ice. Last week I ran looking like Stallone in Rocky but don’t worry my little 5’4 wasn’t throwing uppercuts at anyone along the way!

Next week, I plan to share what I personally use for running whether it is the basics of shoes and clothing to the gadgets that I use. If you have any feedback, questions or things you want me to include in the upcoming blogs, please let me know!


#running4brave Training Diary Week 1 This Is My Brave