Not Quite Official

Thursday, November 05, 2009
I'm in training mode.

Remember the half marathon I attempted two years ago (god, has it been two years already)? Well, it looks like the Admiral, her sister and I might try again in August 2010. I'm not getting my hopes too high at this point - there are a lot of "ifs" along the way. The major obstacle? My knees. I'd be fine if the course was flat or only had mild inclines/declines. However, the race we're thinking of doing, the INTACT Edmonton Marathon (we'd actually do the Energy Capital Alberta Open 1/2 marathon), goes through the river valley which, while gorgeous in the full bloom of summer, is quite hilly and was the cause of my mid race meltdown in '07.

My plan is this: follow Hal Higdon's training program for the 5K, 10K and then the 1/2 marathon walks (8, 8 and 12 weeks) and incorporating hill training, my physio stretches, and some core exercises. By the end of the 10K trainig, I'd like to do a 10K race/walk with hills. If my knees are fine, I'll continue. If they act up, back to the physiotherapist I go to get the word from him as to whether or not I continue with the marathon plans.

I've only told the Admiral and her sister (obviously) and a co-worker who runs marathons and is in great shape (and extremely supportive). I spent too much energy last time around on the planning and getting hyped about the whole thing; it was no wonder I was far more disappointed in myself than I anticipated. Going into it this time, knowing my knees might keep me from actually even registering, I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself. Taking it one day, one small walk at a time. There's plenty of time to play with at this point so no pressure.

If it turns out that long distance walking's not in my future....who knows? Maybe I'll join a gym with a pool and start swimming instead. The YMCA downtown looks mighty nice.

5 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Good for you for even trying! Try to have some fun with it.

tweetey30 said...

You know talking about marathon's I have a post I was going to do and thanks for reminding me for it.. I hope you do this and do great..

Wandering Coyote said...

Pavement is really rough on the body and joints, so be careful and I hope you have really supportive shoes. Swimming is excellent exercise and extremely low impact.

Good luck with the training!!

nwtrunner said...

Karen - the Higdon program is a good one and good for you for getting back at it! I ran 3 half marathons this year and enjoyed them all - Inuvik, Yellowknife, and St John's. After 28 years of running marathons, it was nice to move to halfs now that I've just crossed the half century mark. Have fun with it!

sp said...

That's great that you're going for it. I think a 10 k event would be a great goal, especially if you're concerned about your knees. You can do a lot with a shorter distance, and master that distance.

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