Since I was sick and didn’t get to run much for two weeks, I started to get nervous about being prepared for the Big Sur half marathon. I’ve looked at half marathon training plans but most of them scare me and don’t seem right for me. So I came up with an idea that seemed doable.
On Wednesdays I would increase my runs by 0.25 miles each week for two weeks and then 0.5 miles for one week. Then on the weekend I would do a long run twice as long as my Wednesday run but I would run 0.75 mile / walk 0.25 and repeat. Brilliant eh?
Well, as I was filling in the numbers on a spreadsheet, my weekend numbers went up really quickly and I started to doubt the brilliance. But I loved the idea of run/walking the longer miles. So I had my friend Joanna’s husband take a look at my plan. He’s a Runner with a capital R. He ran in college on scholarship and ran the mile in 4:23. So I value his opinion.
And lucky for me he loves talking about running and so we ended up chatting for over an hour. He doesn’t seem to think I need to do the run/walk thing. It was weird. He thought I could have actually gone the 4 miles without stopping! It’s nice to have people around me that have more confidence in me than I do myself.
So he gave me a plan for the week and I start today! It will be easy runs and the main goal is to work on my confidence.
As for my 4 mile run/walk yesterday, I was very happy about it! I’ve never gone that distance before. I did the first 0.75 in 6 minutes and here are the splits:
Mile 1 – 9:55
Mile 2 – 11:03
Mile 3 – 12:16
Mile 4 – 11:28
Since I happened to be walking when I got down to Spanish Bay, I stopped to take a picture. I wanted to try for a selfie shot but I got shy with some cyclist across the street. Need to get over that. It was a humid day and the clouds were threatening some rain, but it was 65 degrees and breezy so still a pretty perfect day!
When I got back home everyone was out playing in the street. This makes me so happy. I have so much to be thankful for and I am so grateful that running provides me a clear head to realize it. This is why I run.