Monday, January 16, 2012

Training

Okay, I am putting it in writing... THAT MEANS I MUST DO IT, right?! :) [Maybe not exactly, but at least I feel like I might be held a little more accountable than if I never told anyone]

I am going to start training for a half marathon. Yep, you read it right... Running, just to run... with no one chasing me :)

At the beginning of the year my job classification changed, which means I now am required to take a 30 minute lunch break (before I was able to work through it and charge the hours). Obviously I do not want to work for free, so if I am getting 'docked' 30 minutes for lunch, I figured I might as well get OUT OF THE OFFICE.

For the past two weeks now I have been walking on my lunch break. I know it doesn't seem like much, but hey, it is 30 minutes (approx 2 miles) a day that I wasn't doing before. There is a boardwalk on the beach by my work that is about a mile long, so I walk down to the end and back and by the time I'm back it is about time to get back to work. Thankfully the weather has been cooperating, even though it is 'winter'.

Also, with our new office (we moved back in October) we have access to a gym. The office is in a hotel, so it isn't like an extensive gym (just a few machines, elliptical, treadmills, bikes, etc), but again, more than I had before. Today, since I was off work, I decided to hit up the gym. I did 20 minutes on the elliptical (about 2 miles) and 20 minutes on the bike (about 5 miles).

I am thinking that I will probably do the gym 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and continue to walk on my lunch breaks. Obviously I will need to increase what I do over time, especially if I want to be able to run 13.1 miles comfortably, but I figure if I start off slow and actually incorporate it into my lifestyle then I will be more likely to stick with it.

Anyway, the half marathon that I am training to run in is the Disneyland Half Marathon. It is in September, so I have 9 months to train (which hopefully will be plenty of time). I asked Ryan if he wanted to run with me, but he decided since the registration fee is pretty high ($150 a person) that he would rather not sign up and then only run half heartedly. He did say that he will run with me on the weekends (maybe) and possibly start training in the future. I am okay with that though, because then he can be my photographer :).

Alrighty, so now that I have said it, feel free to ask me about how training is going/ keep me accountable/ etc. Wish me luck :)

2 comments:

Megan said...

YES!!!!!!!! I'm SO pumped for you!!!! You are going to rock it! And there's no better place to run than Disney! :) If you have ANY questions, please ask! I'm more than happy to share my running knowledge :) I also can help with accommodations for that early morning start :)

cpm said...

Thanks Megan!! I will probably take you up on all of that!! I know I will have questions about training probably the whole way up to the race (hope you don't mind me bugging you for the next 9 months, hehe). I know we live close by Disney, but I think we will probably stay up there the night before (seeing as the race starts at 5:45AM), so I'll probably need to hit you up about hotels too :) Thanks again in advance for all your help!! YOU ROCK!!