In the same fashion that I woke up one morning determined to turn my crazy ideas into actual products, about a week ago, I decided to train for a half-marathon. You know, I have so much free time and the last time I ran was in the 90’s, so clearly it was a very logical decision.
The truth is…I always wanted to run and actually love running while I was doing it. I have a recurring dream in which I am running like the wind (near a beach) and my boobs are not flailing around, I am not huffing & puffing, and I look fabulously strong and muscular.
Let’s just say, this dream is FAR from the truth.
Anyway, you already know that I think fitness for everyone, especially moms (working or non) is seriously important. I also know that every year closer to 40 I get, staying in shape gets harder and harder (or shall I say flabbier and flabbier).
As I announced to my family my plans to run a half, my dear husband affectionately reminded me that I was yet to run around the block. I figured that I better start training at this point. I also have held back on purchasing new training apps, shoes, bras, and all the other kind of goodies that I can incorporate into running.
I simply JUST had to start running.
So, yesterday with the help of the INCREDIBLE, Dr. Vonda Wright, I dragged my ass out of bed for my first speed play (interval) training session. I would have been happy to enjoy coffee and donuts with Vonda, but we ran instead.
Vonda started me out with what she calls a Dynamic Warmup, a series of exercises to warm up the muscles used during running to help avoid injury. I could have called it a day when we finished with warming up.
Next, the running began. Two minutes of intense running at my maximum (apparently jogging and talking were out) followed by 2 minutes recovery, and repeat and repeat and repeat. Being the competitive person that I am, I went whole hog in my first two minutes, and was beyond exerted. After a few repetitions, I was able to find a challenging and intense pace that did not leave me feeling ready for the E.R.
Vonda and I even celebrated my first runner’s side cramp. Apparently, this is a right of passage.
Typically, I would NEVER share as embarrassing photo of myself here or anywhere else, but to make sure that I tell an accurate story of the half marathon journey…here you go:
After 4 speed plays, I journeyed home, walked the dogs with the boys, and wondered if I was going to be able to move today. I am awake and moving slowly. I guess that I cannot ask for much more.
Whatever the aftermath may be, I now have to answer to all of you because I am writing it here in this blog. I will run a half. I am not saying when, but I will do it.
I look forward to sharing the adventure and the tips that I receive from Vonda on how to fit training into an already tight schedule. Of course, I will make sure to include all my bloopers. What fun would it be without them?
In the meantime, I am off to explore apps and playlists and everything running.
Any favorites? gear? sports bras? apps? anything?