chariots of fire…. dun dun dun duh duh?
uh i agreed to do what now?
You guys! Earlier today I accidentally agreed to run a half marathon this upcoming May… a week after a 5 day long beach vacation, and a few days after my birthday. I have no idea what I was thinking, but I think I’m almost excited?
A bit of background – I’m naturally completely hopeless at sports. I vividly remember coming second-to-last in gym when we had to run a mile (the gym teacher basically stopped the clock at 15 minutes and gave up on me and the poor girl behind me. This was freshman year of high school, people. I was average height and maybe even a little bit underweight yet so so so so out of shape). I can’t jump my feet up higher than my calves, and I can’t do a single push-up.
but didn’t i see you running 4 times a week awhile ago?
Last year, I started training to run the ‘Urban Bourbon‘ in Louisville – you run and then you drink Bourbon… my kind of race – and MAN was it hard. I was using this training plan from Women’s Running, if you’re interested. I completely loved it. Really really did. Suddenly I was a runner!! Granted, it was intervals, but I was running 7 miles at a time! Me!
If you watched the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony (my home turf,I was obsessed with everything London 2012!), I felt a bit like Mr. Bean in this clip – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwzjlmBLfrQ
I can’t embed the video per request of the channel owner, but its worth the extra click.
so you were running and then you weren’t…
I got to about week 13 of 20 and, on a morning run when I was (on a whim) running through the neighborhood instead of down the local running trail, I tripped off a rather high, uneven curb and completely messed up my knee and ankle. With 7 weeks before the race, I thought I could heal and push through, but I couldn’t. Not only did I still ache, I was now terrified of running on the pavement – I was so scared I would fall again. So there was no vacation to Bourbon country in the fall, no Bourbon-tasting packet pick-up, no finishing what I had been training for months for. And it was such a huge let down to me, personally. I rarely achieve things I’m proud of and this seemed like it would be a huge personal victory, and it never came to be.
So! Now it seems I have a new race to train for and, if it goes well, maybe I’ll run the Urban Bourbon this year too. The sliiiiight problem with the timing of this one is – I have 17 weeks before the race, I’ve found a 16 week training plan and… womp womp, we’re just heading into snowy, incredibly cold winter here in the midwest. I just know running on a treadmill won’t help me (its totally not the same as road running), and I’d have to join the local community center or pay $10 a visit to run on the indoor track… How do I run outside in 0 – 30 degrees?? Where do I go when it snows? I can’t afford to miss any days of the training plan.
what do i do?
Any tips you have would be greatly appreciated. It’s going to be about 10 degrees tomorrow morning so I think I’ll go out for a 2 mile run and see what happens. Two layers of pants, a shirt, a fleece, and a windbreaker, gloves and a hat should keep me warm..? I guess if I’m cold tomorrow, I might have to give in to the treadmill. Let me know what works for you, we’ll see if I can surprise myself and muscle through!