Monday, August 30, 2010

Week 1, Day 1

Done! I love this training program so far!

Seriously, rest days are an important part of a training program.  Of course, I haven't really technically started the running program yet, but there is a purpose to these rest days that are built in.  Mondays will always be my rest day because it follows my long run.  It is important to build these rest days to let your body adjust to the progress that it just made with the long run.  I have been reading a lot about these rest days and how important it is to build them into your routine because of the possibility of over training and causing injury!  There are training programs that have you do shorter runs for a whole week to let your body adjust to the increased capacity from intense weeks before. 

Whatever the reason, rest days are important and I will respect them.  So today I am respectfully resting my body! And enjoying the break :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

There is no turning back....

Tomorrow I begin my training program! I remember when I had this crazy idea to do this half-marathon I didn't think that I would be this excited. I know I won't be EVERY day of this training program but even now as I run I can picture finishing and I get so excited that I run a little faster for those final few steps.

Despite all this excitement, there are many days that I am nervous. I am nervous about how it will be that day, will I finish it, will I hurt myself in this process, am I taking on too much...all these things go through my mind when I think about this race.
This will not be my first race ever, though. I have done a few 5Ks (3.2 miles) and an 8K (5 miles).

The picture is from finishing that and the medal I got from that. I have that hanging on my mirror to inspire me every morning. I will need all the inspiration I can get!

So thanks for following me on this journey and think about joining me! :)