Thursday, May 16, 2013

Half training for Dummies

Thank you all so much for your kind words on my tribute post yesterday. Between Mother's Day and her birthday and yesterday, it has been a tough week. Also, since I didn't plan ahead and write the post at home, I was basically bawling at my desk. Nothing like a good ugly cry to get rid of all that pesky mascara.

Today is a new day, though and I am feeling much better. You may have noticed that I have not posted much about my workouts lately and the reason for that is because I haven't been doing them. I have gotten in a few runs here and there, but no strength training. I just got myself a case of the "I don't wannas" and let  it drag me down.

I thought this was appropriate
 Oh, and remember that half marathon that I agreed to run for Corporate Challenge? Yeah, that is on Saturday morning. In two days! I am freaking the fuck out, I tell you. What moron agrees to run a half marathon and then doesn't properly train? The would be this girl, right here.

I did attempt use that term loosely to go for a practice run at the course it is being held at. It did not go so well. First off, I managed to select the first day we had 90 degree weather and run at 2:00 in the afternoon. Then, I wasn't sure which trail it actually was because it was around a business park that had other walking trails. I actually stumbled upon it after about 2 miles. I did start off running and I had a bottle of water and a Gu (which I have never tried) to get me through. I don't know if it was the heat or what, but I just could not keep going and ended up walking a majority of the way. I did trek a little over 4 miles, but that is no where close to what I wanted to do. I started to get concerned because my hands started to swell and my fingers looked like Vienna Sausages, so I made it back to my car. My water was warm at this point so I stopped and got some Gatorade. Race prep fail.

 People, I have to finish this race in under 3 hours or I don't get any points whatsoever and it will have all been for naught. I don't want to fail in this. Why this is hitting me now instead of weeks ago is a mystery. I have been reading other blogger half marathon stories to try and prep, but if you have any other suggestions, I am all ears.

I did get up off my butt last night and did level 2 of the 30DS. Man, I was dripping sweat like a whore in church. It felt good though. Then, because I excel at doing things last minute, I busted out a half mile on the treadmill at a much faster pace than I'm used to. I also threw in some sprints for good measure. I realize that I can't squeeze weeks of training into a couple of days, I just don't want to get there Saturday morning and fail... again.

Anyone else have any crazy plans this weekend?


  1. I'm sure you will do great at the race. I was just thinking I need to pull out that bitch Jillian and dust her off. Lol

  2. I know a lot of people that walk/run a half. Maybe plan to run 1 mile, then walk 1, or make it 2 alternated. My mom and sister just walked a 1/2 in 3:45 or so. They ran hills and walked most of the rest. If you can run 1/2 the time, I think you could do it!

  3. You are going to do great! Don't doubt yourself!!!

  4. For my half last weekend, they said you HAD to finish in 3:15, but when I checked results later that day, people finished in 3:30 or even 4 hours. So if going slow doesn't bother you then who cares. Either way you will cross the finish and feel great. I ran the whole 13 point friggen 1 with an injury in 2:43. If you've been doing some other exercises in between running, you should be just fine. Good luck!

  5. You are going to do great!! Don't worry about it just walk when you need to!