Its suddenly hit me that I have taken that first giant leap in signing up for my first half marathon. 21km! Like how did I get here??
Its no secret that I only started running last year. I have never been classified as sporty, a gym person, and anything with physical activity I have in the past avoided like the plague. I am not saying I have done a 360 and miraculous now a gym bunny, but I have really found myself on the road, I found myself running.
Running is something that I can say in all honesty and without sarcasm, say that running saved my life. I have mentioned it rather lightly here in a few previous posts that I have battled with depression and all sorts of demons for a while now. I cant say for sure running has improved my mood or behaviour, it certainly does some days, but running became an outlet for me to think and contemplate life and in the end, actually live a better life.
So I started running last year, I started with a few zoo trots (5km); did a colourful fun run (8km) until I finally bit the bullet and ran my first ever 10km, the Pirates 10km. And I kinda never looked back. I began entering 10km after 10km, sometimes every weekend, I became obsessed with getting medals and improving my time. But then Christmas happened, we bought a new house, we had families visiting, weddings in the family and running took a back seat. I ran a few races in Jan and Feb, The Randburg Harriers Valentines 10km was the last 10km I entered until June’s MTN 10km.
Anyway, this is turning out to be a bit of a rant, what I mean to say is that I am back on track. I am back to running weekly, training in the morning or afternoons during the week and running races or park runs on the weekend. I am in full swing running mode. So with all this momentum I felt ready to reach for my next goal which is to run a half marathon before the end of the year. This is the run I have decided to run as my first 21km.
Now that I have a date in place, booked and paid for, I have 11 weeks to prepare for this run. For anyone willing to take part, here is some reading:
Right! So I have put a plan into action! Here goes:
- I am following the runners world 12 week plan, starting on week 2 this week.
- I am also going to keep my Bodypump express class on a Thursday arvie (its 30min).
- On my rest days I plan to do a brisk walk with Jack for 2km.
- I also have the following races already booked into my diary and I will just need to work around these races:
Do any of you have any advice to give me in running my first half? What works and what should I avoid?