Tuesday, January 7, 2014

My Journey to My Second Half Marathon

Here is a post about my first Half Marathon and here's the post I did for anyone Wanting to Run/Walk their Half Marathon with information about what you'll need. Check those out for more information about my running journey. You can also follow along on instagram (@thehowardbunch) or look at the hashtag #mrshshalf.

I have stated this before, but I am not an expert. I am just a mom of four who decided I wanted to get healthy. I'm not perfect and I make mistakes, but I get back up and try again.

My first time run/walking a half, I did it in 3 hours, 5 minutes, and 59 seconds and, while I had absolutely NO expectations about how quickly I wanted to finish (my goal was simply TO FINISH), I was soo darn close to getting under 3 hours that I knew I was going to make that my goal for the next one. For the record, I do interval running (perfect for anyone who does not consider themselves a runner). I run for a minute and a half and then walk for one minute. And I do this over and over and over again for 3 hours. I use an interval timing app on my phone, which tells me when to run and when to walk.

I am 10 weeks away from my second half marathon (the Shamrock'n) and I am starting my official training in two weeks (I do an 8 week training course). I thought that I might do a weekly post about my training and then those of you who are interested in starting, can see how easy it is. I can post what I do, as long as you promise not to judge the fact that I don't stick to the training religiously - (HEY I have three kids...and a full time job...and a marriage that I make a priority...and friends...and...and...and). Let's be honest, while being healthy is a HUGE priority in my life, I just don't have enough hours in the day to do everything I should do. So, sometimes I prioritize and running takes a backseat.

The training program I use is supposed to be done 4 days a week, with 2 rest days and cross training. But some weeks, I get my two runs in and then "cross train" by chasing around 3 kids at home and 100 kids at work the rest of the week. Obviously if I was going to run (not walk/run) a half or do a marathon, this training wouldn't work - but it works for me right now.

While I'm not in official training yet, I have been trying to keep up a few runs a week to keep myself going. One night I did about 5 miles and ended up in the dark. Am I the only one who HATES that it gets dark at 5pm?!?
On Christmas Eve, I got 4.8 miles in. I was trying to make it 5 miles, but that was the first day of my cold and I was feeling HORRIBLE with so much congestion in my chest!
 On New Years Day, I tried to get 5 miles in, but got about 2 miles done and then could NOT stop coughing. I gave myself a break because I had the kids and was trying to push a stroller and came home. Later that evening, hubby came home and offered to take the kids while I went for a run. I was going to try to do the three miles that I had missed earlier that day, but got .86 miles done before I had another coughing fit. It was not pretty. But I'm not giving up.

In addition to running, I've decided to coordinate a fitness class at my work. Last school year I organized for a personal trainer to come two days a week to my work and a group of us did a boot camp. This year I wanted to do something again, so I've organized a zumba group. We're going to do zumba two days a week. We joke that I'm the Staff Wellness and Fitness Coordinator (maybe next year I can convince my principal to give me a stipend for it!). Ha! 


J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love Zumba!
I need to find a good class and start that up again.

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