Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Training Tuesday


As I've mentioned before, I'm training for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon October 1st. It's a night race, and the course goes through Animal Kingdom, MGM, and ends at Epcot for a runner's party at the Food and Wine Festival. I'm thrilled about the race, but it's been even more exciting to grow to love running.

My history in athletics, for those of you interested, began when I was 6 or 7 years old. I started summer swimming, and then started year round swimming when I was 9 or 10. I swam in middle school and high school with 5:45 AM practices three days a week and practice every day after school until 6. I looked to swim in college, and then I decided I didn't want my life to revolve around swimming like it did for those years. I played club water polo for two years in college, and then I got out of it to focus on my other activities and academics in school.

From the point of stopping water polo until this year, I really have been excited about "working out" or cared much about "being healthy" aside from trying to lose weight. Getting in shape wasn't something that I cared about, again, unless it related to losing weight. And for the record, I always hated running. 

This changed in March. I started the Couch to 5k program, and I credit it with changing my mentality. It started me off small and build up my stamina, instead of me trying to get out and just run and get disappointed by my limited distances. I remember my first 5 minutes straight running, and I remember thinking I was going to die.

And then a month or two later I remember stopping the Couch to 5k program because I was over the walking.

And then, I thought...I really love this! And I loved it so much that I decided I wanted to register for a half marathon. I've never run a race before (although I'm going to run a 5k and 10k before I run the half), but I'm so thrilled and can't wait to register for more. I'm loving this training.

Before I started the training, I was wavering between the Hal Higdon plan and this one below.
Week
Sun.
Mon.
Tue.
Wed.
Th.
Fri.
Sat.
1
Off
Fartlek
(4M)
4M
4M
Off
3M
6M
2
Off
Fartlek
(4M)
5M
3M
Off
3M
7M
3
Off
4-5 Hills
5K-10K pace
5M
3M
Off
3M
6M
4
Off
3-4 Long Hills
5K-10K pace
3M
4M
Off
3M
8M
5
Off
5-6 Hills
5K-10K pace
3M
4M
Off
3M
7M
6
Off
3 x Mile
5K-10K pace
4M
6M
Off
5M
9M
7
Off
3 x Mile
5K-10K pace
3M
5M
Off
3M
7M
8
Off
6 x 880s
5K-10K pace
5M
6M
Off
5M
10M
9
Off
6 x 880s
5K-10K pace
4M
7M
Off
3M
10K Race
(Or 8M run)
10M
Off
4 x Mile
5K-10K pace
6M
7M
Off
6M
12M
11
Off
5M
5M
8M
Off
3M
8M
12
Off
5M
5M
8M
Off
3M
RACE DAY

This one is a bit more than necessary for a beginner like me, but I didn't love the exactness of the Hal Higdon plan. I've come to combine the two and do what feels best for me. I'm following this long run pattern and most of the distances, but I'm not doing the longer runs in the middle of the week and definitely don't plan on running 8 miles the week of the race. 

I've seen such growth in myself and so much improvement in my running since I started, and it's been so exciting! I did my 3 miles today (I'm on week 6) with an 8:57/mile pace. That was super super fast for me (my fastest run yet by far), but I love pushing myself! This past weekend I did my 7 miles in Chicago; I never before would have worked out while on vacation. 


After running with Meghan for a while (which was amazing), I ran up to Wrigley field and asked someone to take a picture of me with the Wrigley sign!

So, if you have dailymile, let's be friends! It motivates me to interact with people I know in this way. 

PS Thanks for making it all the way through this post...I know it's a long one. 

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7 comments:

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I've always been really athletic - still play softball, and played soccer, volleyball, and flag football for years - but I am not a runner. It's mostly because I have asthma pretty bad. I wish I could get into it because it's be a great way to lose weigh!

Good luck with your training! The event sounds awesome! We have one here at the Anaheim Disneyland that my friends and family run but they don't get wine at the end, that's awesome!

Katie said...

I'm so impressed with your running! I'm still not yet there loving it, but I'm hating it a lot less. haha. That race looks SO FUN!! You go, girl!! :)

Kristin said...

That's so awesome. I really miss running! Stupid bum knee.

Blue said...

Wow, congrats on taking on the half marathon! I really want to do something like that, but all those plans out there scare me a little. I'd reather have a coach, maybe. I love running so much, the things it does to your mind really are incredible... And your mile pace is amazing, I'm not even close...

sarah nicole said...

You go gurl! I would love to be a runner. : )

xo,

Sarah

Meghan said...

It was SO much fun to run with you! I'm glad you made it to Wrigley and took a picture! It's adorable!!!

Jen said...

Meghan, That's awesome! I am so proud of you! In college I never would have picked you to run a half. I've run several and they're so fun! and full of energy! I've heard Disney is especially great! Good luck!