Thursday, June 18, 2009

Time for a training goal...

So I have been running pretty consistently for the last 6-7 weeks. I'm not close to being as in shape as I'd like to be, but I am getting closer. So far the June-athon is going pretty well. I've ran 14 out of 17 days. Not too shabby.

So now that I've gained some endurance, I figure it is time to register for a race. I'm the kind of person who needs a goal to work towards. Today I registered for this half-marathon. It falls on Halloween. Um, I hate Halloween. I know, I know. I'm a party pooper. I just hate coming up with costumes. I've never been creative. Just ask my mom -she can marvel you with stories of the art projects disasters I brought home when I was in elementary school. Seriously - just mention the words "Gingerbread House." She'll have a wonderful story for you.

Anywho, since the race falls on 10/31, I now have a viable excuse to not go to any Halloween parties or out to any bars on that dreaded night.

I love marathon & half-marathon training schedules. I pretty much always use Hal Higdon's. For an analytical/spreadsheet lover like myself, there is nothing better than having a grid that tells me exactly what I should do every day, for 12 weeks straight. So since I am just getting back into distance running, I'll be using this novice schedule. Training starts the week of July 13th so I have almost another month to keep working on building up my base.

It's a little bit daunting to think about the 13.1 initially. But then I remember that I ran 26.2 back in 2006, so there is no reason why I shouldn't be able to train myself to run 13.1 over the next 15 weeks or so!

Wish me luck.


aimee said...

you'll do great! i also hate halloween. i'm using hal's training schedule also!! my roommate uses his marathon schedules and loves it so i figured i'd give it a try! good luck!

Amber said...

Oh that's lots of time, I'm sure you'll do great! And it looks like a really fun half! I think that I might try one of his training schedules next time!

Abby said...

Good for you, Lisa! I also detest Halloween and think it is the most ridiculous "holiday" ever.

That is so great to hear that you are able to have more time training again now since Grad school is behind you! Good luck. I used Hal Higdon when I trained for my marathon too.

Good luck with building your base, and don't be nervous! You have so much endurance and persistance! :)

Cate S said...

Good luck! 14 out of 17 days is an amazing training record!

(I miss running.)

Meg said...

oh this is great!!! and you could go as a marathon runner! :) you will be great and i wish you luck!!!

Anonymous said...

There's a run like that in StL. People dress up to run. That's something I don't understand really, though it is quite funny looking.

I don't "do" Halloween either!