After several years of failed attempts to register, a scheduling conflict last year, and Lululemon changing their registration process to a lottery this year, I was beginning to lose the excitement at the potential of me running a half marathon. Because Lululemon does such a wonderful job of marketing, building hype and making you want to be a part of it all, I had my heart set on Seawheeze being my first (and possibly only) half marathon.
Just a couple weeks ago, all the stars aligned, the lottery system worked in my favor and I received a spot on the first round of selections. Hooray! Oh wait, that means I have to run now.
I’ve spent the last 10 days jotting down different ideas, intense and rigorous plans of running 5 miles every day, followed by an hour of yoga, 30 minutes of stretching, pilates PLUS weight lifting, etc- to make sure I’m cross training, blah, blah, blah.
After doing some research, and knowing myself, I wouldn’t last with that kind of plan more than one day. So I’m dialing it back. Significantly.
Since I am not a runner, and haven’t ran in several months (except to catch a flight), I’m going to kick off with the infamous C25K (Couch To 5K). This program lasts 8 weeks, there’s an app, it starts nice and slow. I do plan to cross train: using pilates, yoga and barre sprinkled in throughout the week. And at the end of the 8 weeks, I’ll reassess.
Because I’ve been looking forward to this opportunity for so long, and I don’t want to injure myself, I really want to be in the moment and cherish the training process. So, I plan to write weekly about my training, my progress, struggles, things learned and so on.
I'm also using this blog as a form of accountability. I've "started" running (specifically C25K) so many times, and have yet to complete it. At this point I'm a little nervous that I won't follow through (again) and I'll show up to race day just like showing up to the first day of sixth grade without doing the required reading over the summer. So bear with me.
I’d love to hear any recommendations, advice or success stories from your own experiences and running adventures!