Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Hello everyone!! I hope your week has been great so far.
I couple weeks ago, I was sitting here drinking my coffee and scrolling thru Facebook, I got a crazy idea. Totally not unusual for me. LOL
I set a goal for my self to run a half marathon for my 45th birthday. Yes, next year I will be 45!!! I have plenty of time to train, but I need to careful saying that as we all know how fast time moves.
I get a notification from Pinterest that there is something I might be interested in. So I pull it up and here starts the crazy idea. It was a 20 week schedule to train for a half marathon. Not to do it in a certain time, or at a certain pace, but just to finish it. So I look at it a little more closely and think it looks pretty do able.
Then I start wondering what was 20 weeks from now is, September 23. Hmmmm. Opens up new internet window, types 2020 walking half marathon Texas. Didn't find much, but it gave me a list of 2019 half's in Texas. Start scrolling and find one October 26 in San Antonio. It is a Halloween Race. Start looking at it and they don't allow walkers. Go back and look thru anything after September 23 thru October 31. Not finding much that allow walkers.
Another light bulb goes off. I am a member of Yes.Fit virtual races. (If you don't know anything about Yes.Fit, you sign up for races and you do them at your own pace.You can walk, run, swim, bike, crawl, anything. You can get medals, t-shirts or both.) I'll just do my own walking half marathon. I add up all the miles for training and the half and come to 284 miles 😱😱😱. So now I have to figure out what races will get me close to that mileage. Well I figured it out:
Tombstone - 15 miles ( this is the one I do when I walk without my walking buddy and I have 15 miles left)
Yeti - 39.5 miles
Nessie - 43.2 miles
Big Foot - 82.1 Miles
Vampire - 105.2 miles
For a grand total of 285 miles!!!
That couldn't have worked out any better. I'm not sure what order I will do them in. I thought about finishing Tombstone, but now that I am thinking about it I may just leave that for my half day. So If you have an idea which I should do first please let me know.
I have got it all planned out, no doubt there will be some hiccups like vacation, school (when I finally get registered for classes), work (when I finally get a job) but I will make it all work somehow.
I am working out Monday, Wednesday and Friday's. Walking Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday's, as that is a long walk (can be moved to Sunday if needed) Sunday will be for Yoga/Stretching/Foam rolling and/or any combination of the three. The last 2 weeks of training and the week after the "race" I will only be doing Yoga, make sure that I am not to sore after the "race".
I got fitted for some good walking shoes and once it is closer to start running I will go back and get some running shoes too.
I am hoping that San Antonio will have that same Halloween race in 2020 as Halloween will be on a Saturday. So I am "planning" on running that race, at least as of now, because it is only a few days after my birthday and my oldest kiddo, who lives down there, says he will run it with me and maybe we can get his wife to run it with us too. 😉😉😉
So I am looking at about 56 weeks to train to run a marathon. I hope to use the same 20 week schedule and do each week twice. Then i have extra time to do weeks that kick my behind more than twice.
I am hoping it is a solid plan, it sounds good in my head and on paper. I know this got pretty long, sorry about that, but I know if I put it out there then I can't not follow thru. So if you managed to make it this far, thank you and if you see anything that I should tweek please let me know.