I decided to find a training plan and sign up for a race in September!!
I decided to scrap the whole idea and just keep running for the 'fun' of it!!!
I started reading the fabulous blog ladies I follow and was inspired by their recent accomplishments. Particularly Sandi at Sassy Runner Girl, who ran the Twenty Valley 1/2, which was down the street from my house.
I talked to someone at work who said "Don't run a 1/2 marathon, that's just crazy, why would you do that?" Note to self...do not ask non-runners for running advice (unless they are family).
Then....I got a sign....Ahhha--hhhhaaa moment...
in the form of Runner's World Magazine.
The focus of the issue was 1/2 marathons...how convenient. It has an basic 10 week rookie training plan and great tips on getting into the training. The kicker was the article by Marc Parent.
Sidebar: I ♥ Marc Parent...I don't actually know him, but I've followed his 'Newbie Chronicles' for the past couple years and he is so open and honest about being a new runner that I just immediately fell for his written word. I teared up when I read about him running with his son and I cheered him on as he tackled his first 5 miles. Also, being new to writing, I've been aware of writers I truly admire and I love his work. Take a moment to read a piece or two of his...very funny.
So Marc's article is about taking on the half. The whole first paragraph is about running a half marathon, well, no, trying to run a half marathon. It truly spoke to me. I think I want to virtually run my 1/2 along with Marc. I feel we are on the same page...pun totally intended.
So I was all inspired to start my training this week. I met my Fast Friend for a 6am run on Tuesday and got 6K in.
Then the earth opened up and the fire's of hell have come to ruin my plans. This week has been the hottest week on record of all time. I know there are many of you out there dealing with this heatwave as well, so I know you sympathize. But why, oh, why am I actually interested in running now that the temperatures are unsafe?? Am I sabotaging my own plan here, did I do this on purpose...I wonder??
Anyway, the week remains at a total of 6kms run..
So, the question is...do I keep attempting this 1/2 marathon training or call it a loss and wait for cooler temperatures again?