I’m going to save the Shamrock fun for Friday! Because today, I’m going to talk about keeping it real…
I started running in February 2013. I’ve been doing a training program every week practically since then. The only time I’ve ever taken a break was in July-August 2013 and that was because it was mandatory as required with my physical therapy. Once I was cleared to run again, I had to start training for my second half in October 2013 and a half of a half with Lauren the same month as well.
Then I decided to do something I never thought I would do… I signed up for a marathon. And I didn’t just sign up for a marathon… I signed up for the Dopey Challenge. I’d be running a 5k, 10k, half and full all in a four day span. I knew that I’d need to start training in July 2014 for the race in January 2014. I only did 3 half marathons in that period (for me that’s not very many at all) as I had to focus on the training.
Once I successfully completed that, I knew I wanted to run the Flying Pig full. I told myself… I did Dopey, so I could do this too… it’s basically just a Goofy (as I’m running a half the day beforehand).
While I’ve gotten in all my runs, I’m getting tired of “goofy” training. It’s not just 1 long run on the weekend, it’s 2. It’s not just a few miles during the week—it’s 4.5 miles twice a week. I know it may not seem like a lot, but when you’re juggling as much as I am at work plus trying to have a life… it gets exhausting.
This week for example—if I wasn’t training for a marathon, I would run 3 miles on Monday and then run 2 miles on Wednesday before my Shamrock weekend. Instead I’ll be running 9 miles this week. I know it only sounds like a few extra minutes, but in the grand scheme, it all adds up! Thank god I don’t have my dog right now because I just don’t have time for her at all.
I’ll finish out this training program as planned and it officially ends on May 9th! And then I’m going to back off on my running. I’ll still run, don’t get me wrong, but I won’t be running as much during the week (3-3.5 miles twice a week and a “long” run of 6-7 miles once during the weekend). I think this is why I love half marathons so much. It’s not “as much” work. It’s still work… don’t get me wrong, but it’s not as hard.
But don’t worry, I still love running! I’m planning on knocking out more states in my quest to run a half in all 50 states… and I’m so excited about Disney in September. It was the plan to “take a break” during the summer because work gets super hectic, Disney is expensive (so I need to save money), and it’s just too hot! Depending on if I get into the Chicago Marathon (I’m in the lottery), it will determine my fall schedule.