I did it. I survived the first week of training for my half marathon. Should I back and do a proper intro? Ok sure but I'll make it short and sweet. The women in my family, especially my mother's side of the family are nuts. Plain and simple. You want proof? The older we get, the more we seem to sign up to do things that you'd expect much younger folk to do. Case in point, three of us have registered to do the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon. My mother is in her late 60s, my Aunt is in her mid 50s and I'm in my 40s. Yep, crazy. Unlike my previous attempt to do a half marathon, I decided to actually train for this one and see if it might help me cross the finish line this time. Rather than writing a summary of each workout and boring my non-running readers to death, I'll do a weekly summary so you can get it over with in one shot.
So, my very first day of training went pretty well although my bladder might not agree. I followed this up with two miles on Tuesday using the treadmill. My shorter runs are scheduled during the week and considering how early I go to bed, heading out into the river valley after work doesn't really work. So, I'm sticking to the treadmill for anything up to three miles. Since these sessions are supposed to be faster, I'm also trying to run part of them (intervals). The Tuesday run went well enough but come Wednesday, when I was scheduled for another two miles, I was exhausted. I figured I'd push it to Thursday and finish off the week with my last scheduled session on Friday. Um... no. I walked on Thursday but pushed myself too hard and the area right above my ankles protested. No training on Friday. However, I managed 8.5+ (including warmups) for the first week and I'm pretty proud of that. Looking forward to week 2!
I also received my medal for the "May The Fourth Be With You" walk I did back in late April. Look at me! WOOT. My collection doubled just like that!
To help out with my training later this summer, I've registered for another race, this time running trails in the river valley. Robyn has organized the EarthGroove 10K Valley Trail Run for mid August. I've registered for the 5K run although its still not clear whether I'll be running or walking. Its a shorter distance (3 miles) than I'm scheduled to do that Sunday (8 miles) but its on trails not road and its a race so its ok. The following week, I'm hoping to also shorten my distance. I'm scheduled to do 8.5 miles but I'm planning on registering for the 10K race (6.25 miles) which is part of the Edmonton Marathon weekend. These two races will give me a great indication of where I am in terms of training and how things are progressing.
The adventure continues...!