Today was a rest or run/walk day. I chose to run due to my schedule tomorrow. I won't have a chance to workout. So I ran today with the knowledge that I will rest tomorrow. I'm sure it is okay to manipulate the schedule this way. At least, it probably is this early in the training process.
In other news, I made a doctor's appointment for next week. I'm going to get a physical to make sure all is well health wise before I get too deep in this training deal.
So I've decided to follow the novice schedule for the 5K. I started my program this week despite not having decided on a 5K to run in. The training program is for 8 weeks, which means I'll be ready to run in one by the end of March. I'm sure I'll find one to run in by then. I've seen so many advertised around town. Even if I don't find one, I'll just map out a course and challenge myself to run it. :>)
Yesterday I ran 1 mile outside in my neighborhood.
This morning I went to the indoor track at the gym. 1 mile is 8 laps around. I walked 2 laps, ran 14 laps, and walked 2 more laps. The training scheduled calls for a 1.5 mile run/walk . Afterwards I did lunges and an abdominal workout.
The ING Miami Marathon is being run this weekend. I have a good friend who is running the half-marathon. She has been training since September and this will be her first one. I wish her all the best and I can't wait to hear about her experience!
I have yet to start training. I'm debating on which training program to utilize. L, a friend who will do the 10K with me, sent me a link to training program by Hal Higdon. She like the cross-training aspect of his program. I haven't explored it just yet, but I need to get moving.
Upon further exploration of the site, I see he also has a 5K training program. I think I'll explore his site more this week. I want to do a 5K in April.
I also need to make a doctor's appointment. I would like to get a physical just to make sure all is okay health wise. The hard part of that is finding a doctor. For the past 4 years I haven't had a primary care doctor, I used the health center on campus. Now that I have health insurance with my job I have any number of doctors to choose from. Decisions. Decisions. So difficult at times.
I have recruited 2 of my dear friends to train for a 10K with me. We are aiming to participate in the 10K part of the Marine Corps Marathon. It will take place in late October in the greater Washington DC area. Registration begins on May 9th!
Now, I have to convince my sister-in-law to run with us.
Before I undertake a major endeavor, I like to be informed. I like to know what I'm getting myself into so I headed to the bookstore to peruse some books on running. I flipped through several in the store and finally purchased the following two books: The Complete Book of Running for Women by Claire Kowalchik
I found both of them to be informative and each offered several training schedules. I haven't decided which one to follow just yet nor have I selected my first race to train for. I think there will be a 5K here in town at the end of April during the Twilight Criterium.
The purpose of this blog is to chronicle my running journey. I hope to complete a 5K this spring and a 10k in the fall. Ultimately, I want to run a half-marathon. I'm hoping to bring some friends along for the journey. More later...