I mentioned a few weeks ago, that I am training for a half marathon race next May. I have decided to chronicle my training here, dubbing it my “Journey to 13.1”.
At first, the idea of running that far was very daunting. I’ve mapped it out, clocked it in my truck. It’s still daunting. But the idea has settled in and I am determined to reach this goal. For so many reasons…for me, for the person I used to be. For my Mom. (She’d be so proud of me. I know it.) For every person who has ever doubted themselves.
I’ve been running weekly, different routes. Adding miles here and there. Today I ran my longest run…8.3 miles! My total time was 1 hour 48 minutes. My average pace was 13:00/mile. I am surprised and glad that I was able to keep up that pace for so long. The last (and only) time I ran 8 miles (8.19) I ran it 2 hours and 2 minutes. I cut 14 minutes off plus I went farther!
To be honest, that run wiped me out! I have been achey and sore all day. I can’t imagine how I will feel when I start running 13 miles! I’m sure that I’ll drop more weight with this training. That’ll make it easier on my body. It’s not easy carting around 230 pounds on an 8 mile run! Ideally, I’d like to be down to 200 or less (hopefully less) by race day, which is May 4. That gives me 6 months to train and lose more weight.
I’ll keep you updated!