Countdown to Half Marathon; Ending.

Well, assuming you’ve loosely been following this blog, you know a few months ago I agreed to run a half marathon in October with my friend. Unfortunately, after the last update I stopped running. Not due to laziness or giving up, but rather to injury.

The last update, I was very pleased with the mileage I had been putting on, and was very optimistic to the future. Shortly after the last run I mentioned in the pervious post, I began having knee pain.
Not “while running” knee pain, but intense general knee pain. If I drove for 20 minutes or more, my knee would start throbbing. Just simply existing brought knee pain, and it only got worse when I moved it. Everything I looked into pointed to an overuse injury; “too much too fast”. I was pretty bummed out, because I really wanted to run the half. I took about a month and a half off for recovery, because it just never stopped hurting.

I’ve recently started running again (~beginning of August) and have been increasing my mileage, even logging a 5 mile run.
Surprisingly (and happily) I’ve had no injuries. My knee doesn’t hurt before, during, or after my runs, I just get exercise fatigue.
That being said, even though I know I won’t be able to run the half marathon that weekend, I’m going to go for the 10k that weekend. That seems a lot more ascertainable, so hopefully everything goes well.

Here’s to hoping my body can hold up for the next 2 months.

Countdown to Half Marathon; Update 1

Well, about a month ago, I agreed to run a half marathon in October.
A month ago, I said I’d start running actively to build up my mileage.
A lot of time has passed in that month, with minimal mileage happening. Well, up until this past week.

My original plan was to run 2 miles, at least 4-5 times a week to build up my endurance, because I couldn’t run more than 1.5 miles without stopping. That week, I ran 2 miles one day, then stopped. The next week, I ran 2 miles one day, then 1 mile the next, then stopped.
As you can see, I’ve done awful with sticking to my plan.

However this past week, I’ve done a lot. A lot more than I’ve ever done in such a short time.
Tuesday (Jun. 3rd) I ran 3.10 miles, without stopping.
Thursday (Jun. 5th) I ran 3.15 miles, without stopping, and I was able to break my 5k record from last year (~33 minutes).
Saturday (Jun. 7th) I ran 4.05 miles, not stopping, passing my previous longest run from last year, and setting a new, new 5k record for myself (30:36).

I feel behind slightly on my training for this half marathon, but if I can keep up these runs and increase my mileage, I should be able to take it with no problems.

I will loosely be following this program that I found online. Hopefully it will aid me in my endeavors. Well, that’s all for now.

Hopefully my next update will contain less slacking-off and more record-breaking. 😉

My Latest Bad Decision; I’m Running A Half-Marathon

Well, as the title says, a friend has convinced me yesterday to run a half marathon with him. Honestly, I’m still a little unsure of my abilities to complete the race, but as pumped as he was to run it, it certainly made me want to begin training for it.

I haven’t run seriously since about June of 2013, literally over a year ago. And even then, the most I could run at a time was ~3.5 miles.
This half marathon is in about 5 months, so that’s all the time I have to prepare for it. I tried to get out and run this morning, 3 miles.
Let me just say, this was a terrible idea.

I was unable to complete the run, stopping at just about 1.64 miles. Everything hurt, my chest, my legs, my pride. But I wasn’t completely defeated. This was slightly expected. You can’t just take a full year off and expect to be at your previous peak. As such, it was motivating. I refuse to dwell on this failure. My initial plan was to run 3 miles every other day this week, but that’s probably not going to happen. So this week’s plan is to run at least 1.5 miles everyday, ideally 2 miles (if I have it in me). After I can get to 2 miles per day at least 5 days a week (hopefully I’ll be to this within the next 1-2 weeks *queue high expectations*), I’ll work on running 3 miles a day, every other day, with a ~4 mile run on the weekends.

I know that 13.1 miles in 5 months is a lot to ask for, but I’m so motivated for this.