I was engaging in my standard Friday night routine of drinking beer and watching Law and Order when I decided I want to try and run a half marathon. I quickly texted my mom about it before I sobered up and changed my mind. My parents love running and have been trying to get me to run a race with them for quite a while now, and there’s no motivator as strong as family guilt, right?
I busted out my brand new heart rate monitor that I got for Christmas and planned to get up early and go for a run on Saturday morning. And then I woke up to this:
Treadmill it was. I hit the Christmas candy pretty hard last week, so I decided to start out with two miles just to get back into the groove of doing something other than sitting around mainlining chocolate. It went well, but I’m definitely going to need to find a structured training program to follow. This might be difficult because historically, I kind of hate running. My heart condition doesn’t help, but I have just never really felt like a runner. I’m so jealous of those people at the gym who prance along on the treadmills like gazelles for an hour without breaking a sweat – my face turns bright red after about 20 minutes, and I’m pretty sure my form is more akin to a three-legged dog than a gazelle.
The soreness in my muscles after a measly two-mile run made me realize that maybe I should get a 10k under my belt before going for the half marathon. I found this Couch to 10k program that I think might work – the first couple of weeks seem kind of easy, so I plan to start at week 3 on Monday and work up from there. If you have run a half marathon (or any race, really), I’d love to get your feedback on training – what worked for you? How many days per week did you run? How do you keep from looking like you have a third-degree sunburn on your face?