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Training: Week 1

Week 1 is over, and I've got 15 weeks to go.

After weeks of debate, research, dreaming and questioning my sanity, this week I started training for my first half marathon. I am registered for the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in Cleveland Oct. 6, and guilted convinced my siblings to run it with me. (Well, Scott will run ahead, but I'm pretty sure Jan will stick with my slower pace.) If anyone else is crazy enough to join us, click the link to sign up!

I don't know why, but I just felt very compelled to push myself and run a half this year. I fell in love with running after I began Couch to 5K in the spring. After I finished two 5K's and a Warrior Dash, I just wanted a new goal, a new challenge.

With an average pace of 12 minutes per mile, I am definitely NOT a speed runner, but I really feel like I could endure the 13.1 miles of a half. The max time on the course if 4 hours, so I know even if I have to walk some, I can make it. I do want to improve my speed eventually, but my mental strength and determination are what matter more right now.

AND I really don't care how long it takes me to complete the course, as long as I finish! This is about completing another goal and pushing myself to try something new and thrilling. Sure, hundreds or thousands of people may cross the finish line before me, but I can still qualify for my own prizes: satisfaction, pride and pure joy.

After looking at several races, I chose Cleveland because of the timing, proximity to my brother's home, and the great reviews of the Rock 'n' Roll series.

The universe also has given me several signs that this is what I'm supposed to do:
1. After pulling on my race shirt from Fairview one day, I realized the race is EXACTLY six months from the date of my first 5K. How awesome, right?
2. I signed up on June 13 because Rock 'n' Roll had a discount for "lucky 13." I also looked down at my tattoo (Kenlee's birthday, 5.13.11) and realized 13.1 was RIGHT THERE on my foot.
3. After my first official "training run" Monday, I posted a picture of my running shoes and announced to my friends I was preparing for the race. Just a few seconds later? I found a heads up penny in the crosswalk. I put it inside my iPhone arm band so it can run with me the entire 16 weeks.

If you're curious, I am using this training plan from Runhers. I chose 16 weeks instead of 12 because I wanted to build up my endurance slowly, and I wanted the flexibility to miss a few runs if my schedule gets too hectic.

But for week 1, I didn't miss any runs! My first "long run" of 4 miles was not easy by any means, but I ran the entire thing, and I didn't feel like I needed to walk any of it. I can't believe by the end of this week I'll be running 5 miles, but I'll just take that when the time comes.

I hope to keep a weekly training update here on the blog, not to brag, but to keep me accountable. Thanks to all the friends and family who have already shown a great amount of support. It might be me and the pavement most of the way, but I really can't do this alone!


  1. Tami,

    Great idea on the blog of accountability. Keep trucking along u have inspired me :)

  2. Tami, Good Luck w/ your new goal. I too would like to run a half marathon. i will be following your success. i think i will run today and see how it goes. i seem to get injured way too often in my "older" years. Take good care of your body. injuries are no fun.


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