Hi friends! Happy Monday to ya. I hope you are enjoying your long weekend!
Yesterday I told you that I had some running news to share. Well, after running my first race, Color Me Rad and well just starting to actually like running, I want to run more. Who would have thought? Not this girl who dreaded “going for a run” 3 months ago.
But I love competing and since my last basketball season ended this past year, I knew I needed to find something to fill this competitive and athletic void. Enter: running.
Drum roll please…
I registered for a HALF-MARATHON!!!
On October 20th, I will be running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon.
Yup. I’m running 21.1 kilometers in 7 weeks. That’s like really far… really soon…
My American friends… 1 km = 0.6 miles. So 21.1 km = 13.1 miles. Ah I hate math! Since the race is marked in kilometers, and I am Canadian, I will continue to train and speak in kilometers. We need one measurement system people!
So how am I going to double what I have been running in 7 weeks? Well I’m going to work my tush off. I have researched like a librarian and came up with a training plan.
The general idea:
- Run: 3 days/week: medium distance, short distance, long distance — increasing distances gradually throughout the weeks
- Sprints/hills: 1 day/week
- Yoga: 1 day/week
- Cross training (Insanity, eliptical, weights): 1 day/week
- Rest: 1 day/week
If you’re interested, I post my weekly meal and workout plans on Sunday… if you missed yesterday’s… click here.
Of course this excitement called for a shopping spree at the Running Room. Justifiable? Totally.
New running shoes were most certainly in order. I got the Mizuno Wave Rider 16 in purple and white. Kinda worried they are going to get dirty (I love white shoes) but they feel amazing! So light.
I also splurged on a Garmin Forerunner 10. I had previously been using apps on my phone to track my time and distance but I have not been super happy with them. I’ve heard great things about this Garmin watch… and it’s pink! Yay! Thanks Jan :)
Since I plan on running in the mornings (we shall see how that goes) and this fall weather means no more early morning sun, I thought it was smart to buy [these] reflector snap things to wear on my arm and leg. Safety first!
I’m not going to lie. I am nervous about running outside as the weather gets colder. In the past, I found running in the cold pretty miserable (um, runny nose!) I planned on joining a gym come September but this does not seem to make sense just yet. If the race is outside then I better practice outside. I guess that means more shopping is in order… hello Under Armour Cold Gear! A girl needs to be prepared right?!
I’m excited and nervous to embark on this new journey. I know it won’t be easy but I’m motivated! I’ll keep you updated on how each week goes.
Day one begins today so I’m off to run 10km! Hope you have a marvelous Monday.
Any and all half-marathon advice, guidance, encouragement is greatly appreciated :)
Have you ever run a half-marathon? Did you wear a water belt, fuel with energy gels etc?
How’s your long weekend… any fun news to share?!