When I lived in Seattle I would run outdoors unless it was pouring rain. Many a day I ran in the rain, wind, sun and snow. Now that I live in the desert running outdoors becomes harder in the summer as it is just too hot. Preparing for a half marathon is even more challenging. I am now doing something I did not do in my previous two races, I am training on a treadmill.
The treadmill does have some advantages as it forces me to keep a certain pace. When running on my own I can slow down as I get tired. The treadmill keeps me going at a steady pace. I will incorporate one or two runs in the early morning or at night so that on race day I am prepared to run on the hard surface.
It will be interesting to see if working on the treadmill increases my pace or not. I will time my runs once my program has me run 3,2 miles as I have run that distance often and know what my general pace is.
Cross training is also an important part of preparing for a race. Cross training prevents injuries by working muscles in a different way than your normal activity. For my cross training I will be riding my bicycle and swimming laps. Both of those activities are easy on the joints as opposed to running. I will be taking today off to allow my muscles to recover. Have a great weekend!
I began running a few years ago. It was the last thing I could have imagined myself doing 5 years prior as I was almost 300 pounds and could only walk one city block. At 100 pounds lighter I decided to give running a go. I down loaded the app “Couch to 5k”. I followed the instructions to a tee and at the end of the program I signed up for a 5k race. I was not running to come in first place, I was running to finish.
The morning of the race it was pouring rain. Not just a sprinkle, but a huge downpour. I decided to run anyway. The race took us through downtown Seattle and back to Queen Anne. I ran the entire race without stopping. I was soaking wet, but somehow that did not matter. I had completed my first challenge to myself.
A year later I upped the ante. I signed up for a 10k. I used the couch to 10k app this time. I like these apps because they are a walk/run program which has you running the entire distance at the end. I trained hard for this race and although I think I finished last or close to it, I ran the entire race without stopping.
This year I am challenging myself to 13.1, a half marathon. I have begun training and will be signing up for a race soon. The race gives me a goal to work towards. When I run I have more energy and the endorphins keep me in a better mood. When training I can eat almost anything I want and not gain weight, although I attempt to eat healthy. I encourage everyone to try at least a 5k to challenge yourself and stay fit.