On 12.12.12, I finally decided to do it. My friends had been bugging me for awhile and I figured, why not?
I mean, unless I made it official I wouldn't take it serious to begin with, right? And so I did.
I will run the Miami ING Half-Marathon on
January 27, 2013!!
It only took me 3 years, because I'd always say that running a half-marathon would be my goal for the year in 2009, in 2010...you catch my drift here? I never got the courage to sign up in the past. However, this time I am determined to finish! Well, to be quite honest, I don't think I have a choice. It's either run or be swept by the pick up bus. If the bus picks you up, then you truly are screwed because you won't get that medal.
Part of this involves training. I don't have a training bone in my body. Ok, I lie, maybe I do. I've ran at least 7 other 5K (3.1miles) races in the last 3 years. So yeah, I've trained before and got super duper skinny because of it. But that only required me to be "training" for 45 minutes, tops.
Thing is, training for 13.1miles is a lot more work and dedication! It involves running for over 2hours! Just imagine doing that twice weekly at least! Well, I couldn't fathom the work! This is why you now have me here a few weeks from the start date and I am shitting bricks! Luckily, I have a program that requires me to run/work-out 6 times a week. Am I doing it as I should? Probably not. I may have skipped a day or two. The best part is, I am actually doing it!
I know I will not run the entire 13.1 miles, but what I will complete it with intervals like run 4mins, walk 1min. Whatever...It's a start! Next time I'll zoom myself to one of those Disney Half-Marathon races! Baby steps people!
My very first run towards the 13.1 goal was on December 22.
It was the perfect "Miami Winter" day. Wish all my running days were like this:
Some days, I have to crosstrain, so I'll head to the gym. Which that equals to no running outdoors...bleh...If only I learned to strengthen my legs a little more so they could withstand the asphalt, life would be grand. I hate weight training though. Any tips on making strength training on my legs fun are highly welcomed!
Yesterday's gym adventures included picking my favorite treadmill (it was an empty gym!), doing my HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), a little elliptical work, and some upper body weight training.
***Just a heads up, HIIT Training is the BEEEZZZZZ KNEEZZZZZ!!!! I lost sooo much weight and got in amazing shape just by doing this daily and it only takes about 20-25 minutes to burn loads of calories.***
So long for now...until my next runner girl post...
Have you started with any of your New Year's goals?