I modified my goals as we got closer to the big day. I focused on being fit, rather than being skinny, incorporating weight training into my everyday work outs. I decided that weight was just a number on the scale, and that I should measure my success by how I feel.
Shortly after the wedding, I made a commitment to myself to push further than what I thought I was capable of and to complete a half marathon. The thought of completing a half marathon was daunting, but if I did not try, I would never know. With a few 5ks under my belt, I signed up for a half marathon and created a training schedule.
With training for a half marathon, as with most things in life, you have to be prepared to adapt. For example, last week was the first week I ran three days in a row. Come Friday (my rest day), my knees, shins and back were sore. Naturally, I took it easy. As a result of last week's training, I am adjusting my schedule for this week:
- Sunday was a recovery day for me.
- Monday I ran 4 miles (I got started and just could not stop).
- I ran 3 miles Tuesday night.
- Wednesday becomes a cross training day.
- Thursday will be a 3
or 4mile run.
- Friday we will rest.
- Saturday will be another long run out on the pavement.
Don't adjust your computer screens, you read that correctly. A full marathon. And better yet, I have the hubster considering going with me. That is right, ladies and gentleman, hubby has about 84 days to decide whether or not he intends to register for the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) with me.
A lot of people I know are registering for the Baltimore Marathon in October, but as hubby and I already run yearly to support the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, it isn't much of a leap for us to want to run another military related race. Plus, MCM will be slightly more scenic and less hilly! Bonus!
Now all I have to do is make sure I register on time! I'm still bitter I did not know about the DC Hot Chocolate 5k.
I am shaking with anticipation! 2012 is going to be filled with accomplishments, tears of joy (to be sure), and zero what-ifs. Bring on the new year!