Well for those of you that don't know...I'm signed up for a half marathon! It is in Salt Lake on April 17th. I have always thought about doing one, but I didn't want my body to be hurting. I would rather run 4 miles until I am 80 then 3 marathons (or halfs) a year and not be able to walk when I am 40! Anyway...my sister in law, Dana, was signed up for it and Kev said, "You've always wanted to do it. It will be an accomplishment you can check off your list. One half marathon won't kill you." Luckily, I still have no desire to do a full marathon, but this half marathon training has been awesome. I have really surprised myself (and I think Kev too!) I thought it would take awhile to get use to the altitude here in Utah. I have read that it usually takes 5-8 weeks to get use to it when running. Well I arrived here February 28th and started my training the next day at 6 miles. I have been keeping track of my times and some days are obviously better than others. I never thought I would be able to hit the kind of times that I have been. I can't imagine training for 18 weeks like some people do. After 5 weeks of training, I have just wanted to race already! So far, I have felt great and have never felt real pain anywhere. Below are my 5 weeks of training and I'll post the final 2 weeks before the race. I didn't know if it was attainable, but I wanted my goal to be 9-10 minute miles for the 13.1 miles race. I thought I would start off there in the beginning and see how it goes. Now my goal is to complete it under 2 hours. Let's hope I can hit it!
3/1- 6 miles at 61.27 minutes
3/2- 3 miles at 28.12 minutes
3/4-6 miles at 58.58 minutes
3/5-3 miles at 26.37 minutes
3/6- 7 miles at 69.03 minutes
total miles 1st week= 25 miles
3/8- 6 miles at 57.00 minutes
3/9- 4 miles at 36.28 minutes
3/11- 6 miles at 56.28 minutes
3/12- 3 miles at 26.10 minutes
total miles 2nd week = 19 miles
*I was suppose to run on the 13th but we were watching the nephews and niece that weekend while my sister was at the hospital.
3/15-8 miles at 79.18 minutes
3/16- 5 miles at 45.27 minutes
3/18- 10 miles at 87.15 minutes
3/19- 4 miles at 34.49 minutes
total miles of 3rd week = 27 miles
*I was suppose to run 10 miles on the 20th, but was snowmobiling. So I decided to run it on the 18th instead!
3/22- 5 miles at 50.09 minutes
3/23- 5 miles at 45.25 minutes
3/25- 7 miles at 63.20 minutes
3/26- 4 miles at 33.26 minutes
3/27- 12 miles at 124.04 minutes (4 miles UP HILL might I add!)
total miles of 4th week = 33 miles
3/29-6 miles at 56.44 minutes
3/30- 5 miles at 45.25 minutes
4/1- 8 miles at 75.59 minutes
4/2- off (went to Kev's mission reunion)
4/3- DRUM ROLL PLEASE.....14 MILES (half marathon is only 13.1 miles but my training has me go over!) SO I did my half marathon already...13.1 miles in 115.40 minutes!!! (that's 1 hour 55 minutes and 40 seconds!) I completed the full 14 miles in 129.45 minutes. and yes...I smelt like I just ran 14 miles also!:)
So I really hope that I can keep it up! Let's see how this next week goes. Next Saturday, I have to run 16 miles!!