When I finished the 1/2 marathon in August I wasn't sure if I was going to continue blogging but I knew for sure that I wanted to run more 1/2 marathons. A few people encouraged me to keep blogging so I decided I would.
Well guess what, I have had nothing to blog about!!! Well running wise anyways. After the 1/2 I really wanted to take a break from the grind of training. I did want to keep running but nothing regimented. Well I found out something about myself, I am just not at the point where I run for fun. I need to have a goal in mind and be in a training program. Maybe one day I will run for fun but not there yet. It's now November and we have only run 5k a handful of times : ( Boo!
It's time for a new goal!! Must. Get. Back. Into. It!! And it's the perfect time to start blogging again to hold myself accountable.
I started researching some races coming up and decided April was a good time to run another 1/2. I found a race at Whidbey Island in April and thought it was perfect for our second 1/2. Whidbey Island is in the US and only a couple hours drive away. It is a beautiful area and April will be great weather wise. It will be a smaller race and I think it will be perfect as a transition race going into the summer and leading up to the SeaWheeze again. So we will be registering soon and I am actually looking forward to it! I have no hesitation or fear about whether or not I can do it unlike when I signed up for the SeaWheeze. That's a good sign! It's amazing what completing one 1/2 marathon has done for my confidence!
Next up, Hubby and I really want to do the Half Corked race in the Okanagan in May. It's 18k and is run through the local wineries where you get to sample different wines! How fun will this be!?! It is also well known for people dressing in costumes. Can't wait! Will be a blast! I think it will be a good event to bring the fun back into running.
After that I think we might want to do the Scotiabank 1/2 in June. I have heard it is a great race to get a PR because there are some glorious stretches of downhill! I LOVE running downhill! This race would keep us well trained to rock the SeaWheeze in August!!
Sounds like a lot but I am actually really excited about this plan! I am ready to dig in and look forward to training again. I have kind of missed running these last 3 months. I know my body has. I have aches and pains again and am soft again : (
I found a 24 week traing program online that I really like and Day 1 was supposed to be tomorrow but we did it tonight! We are already ahead of schedule! My daughter had Field Hockey practice tonight so we had time to kill and figured we would take advantage of the track next to her practice. It was really cold, very blustery night and I thought to myself "training in the winter is going to suck!!" But once you warm up it is actually refreshing. The program called for a moderate 5k. It was more of a slow 5k but we did it!
Back at it!! : )
Day 1 of training
Pace: A slow and easy 7:35. Cut me some slack! I just took 3 months off!