Here We Go!

First, a little background. I am a novice; this is my first half marathon. I started training in February 2009. I downloaded a training schedule from Sweat 365, an online fitness community. A half marathon consists of 13.1 miles. For the most part I have been pretty good at sticking to the schedule. Here it is:

Schedule:

Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
1 Rest 3 miles 3-4 miles Rest 3-4 miles 3-4 miles Rest
2 Rest 3-4 miles 3-4 miles Rest 3-4 miles 4 miles Rest
3 Rest 3-4 miles 4-5 miles Rest 4-5 miles 5 miles Rest
4 Rest 3-5 miles 4-5 miles Rest 4-5 miles 6 miles Rest
5 Rest 3-5 miles 4-5 miles Rest 3-5 miles 7 miles Rest
6 Rest 3-5 miles 4-5 miles Rest 3-5 miles 8 miles Rest
7 Rest 3-5 miles 4-5 miles Rest 3-5 miles 9 miles Rest
8 Rest 3-5 miles 4-5 miles Rest 3-5 miles 10 miles Rest
9 Rest 3-5 miles 4-5 miles Rest 3-5 miles 11 miles Rest
10 Rest 3-5 miles 4-5 miles Rest 3-5 miles 12 miles Rest
11 Rest 3 miles 4-5 miles Rest 3-5 miles 6 miles Rest
12 Rest 3 miles 2 miles Rest 2 miles Rest or Race Rest or Race

I am currently working on week 6. This week culminates in an 8 mile run. I have never run more than 7 miles at a time, so it is getting a bit challenging. I’ve begun noticing that when I don’t pay careful attention to my hydration and nutrition it shows in my run. I’ve begun eating oatmeal with raisins & apples in the morning. I am cutting down on my coffee and replacing it with water.

I’ve been searching for motivational material as well. Here is my own personal motivation; this past year has been extremely challenging. My mom is currently battling cancer, I am in transition jobwise, I’ve recently split with my boyfriend of 8 years, and I had some frightening personal issues to deal with. It all became a bit overwhelming. I haven’t felt like myself and as a result turned to food. I’ve gained a bit of weight, and while it isn’t a health issue… I’d like to start feel streamlined, attractive, and vibrant again. I’ve been losing about a pound a week, so it is working. In essence this half marathon is a bit of a victory lap for me. Anyone of the challenges I’ve faced in the past year would have been difficult on it’s own, but everything hit at once. I’ve come through it all okay and I am proud of that fact. I’m enjoying pushing myself and feeling strong and in control. It is such a contrast from my life a year ago.

I will be running the Seattle Rock and Roll Half Marathon on June 27, 2009. There is live music provided by bands and a big concert later that night lending to the festive party atmosphere. All of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest is showcased… provided it is not raining.