And it’s here…the training will no longer wait. Tomorrow, I will begin my official training for the Narragansett Bay Half Marathon on August 17th. ((Sigh)) I’m scared, I’m anxious, I’m proud, and I’m super excited. I want this badly. I think of how I have wanted other things and I get them. This one is going to take everything I got in me to accomplish.
GOAL: To finish.
It’s that simple. My goal is clear and attainable. This is my first attempt at a long distance race and I have decided to not put any added pressure on myself with a goal time. Of course, because I am who I am, I have a time in my head. Not sure whether I should share that with you or not cause then it’s “out there.” I am not prepared for running in the heat of summer. I plan to tackle this by doing most of my training runs at night. This will also help me prepare for a local 10 miler at the end of my training plan. The 10 miler is held at 6pm in late July, aka HOLY HOT HUMIDITY. That in itself will be a challenge. The half is in August, also hot, but will begin at 7am. I should be warm but risk of overheating will not be such an issue.
CHALLENGES: My head.
For all that I have accomplished, I still have to convince myself that I can do this. I CAN DO THIS. My mind is often my worst enemy. I typically don’t enjoy the first three miles. After the first three, I feel like I have established myself until I get to mile 7. Then the negative/doubtful talk begins. The holy sh!t…what was I thinking? are you really considered a runner? If you feel like this now, how will you get to 13? I hate it and I plan to put a stop to it. Action plan? Well, I’m going with visualization. Yup, dreaming. I plan on visualizing what I look like and how I will feel once I can say I’m a half marathoner. Just the thought of it puts butterflies in my belly! I dream of slapping a big ass 13.1 sticker on my car. I dream of wearing my medal…for like a week, haha. I will keep in touch with all my virtual runner friends and look for the support they ( most likely, YOU) have given me so far and know that I will be inspired the day I head out for the big race.
The Plan: 8 Week Training Plan from Fitness Magazine
The plan I chose looks simple and looks like it will fit into my daily life really well. I am unsure about how two days a week it has a walk, run, walk. This is where I struggle. Do I stick to that? Or do I run the entire mileage? I was planning on not swaying from the plan. If you think it’s silly, please let me know. I’m such a newbie, any advice is MORE than welcomed! As I had mentioned, I had planned to do most of my training runs in the evening. This fits really well cause I can still fit my 5:30am boot camp in each day. Also, running in the evening will help prepare me for running in the heat and humidity, YUCK! I may be finishing most of my runs by running directly into the ocean 😉
The Fuel: Eat clean. Eat whole. Drink water like a fool
I have been eating really well for almost 12 weeks now. I feel amazing and plan to keep it up. The new way I am eating is really fueling my body to meet my goals. I am trying to add more whole grains into my diet and it is hard. I have always mentally told myself, no bread for you! or Pasta is the devil. I am learning that I will not gain weight by eating healthy grains like quinoa or sprouted grain breads. That these foods will actually give me the energy I need on my runs. I am currently drinking 60-100oz of water a day. I want to aim for a minimum of 100 oz. Yes, drink all the water…pee all the time 😉
Here I go…wish me luck! You will hear alllllll about my training adventures and struggles. In 84 days, I’ll be posting how this mother runner will be a half marathoner! ~ Emily