Okay, I did it. I signed up for the Santa Barbara International Half Marathon today. I’m so nervous and excited at the same time!
This will be my first half marathon (or any race, period), so you can see where the anxiety is stemming from. I have never been a runner, or even an exercise person throughout my life. My first real workout was training with Sweat Equity Fitness last year and I feel like this will be more intense.
I realize that November is a far far time from now, which is one of the reasons why I picked this half. I seriously need adequate time to train; I was a smoker for longer than I’m proud of and my lung capacity just isn’t where I would like it to be. I haven’t ran since Tough Mudder, but while we were training, I had to take a lot of walking breaks between my jogs. I figure that the only way I will accomplish this is to start slow, that’s why I’m going to start the Couch to 5K in May.
Once I’m at 5K, I can sign up for a few local races and just try to get a feel for everything. Right before/during the summer, I hope the warm weather will inspire me to get back into working out and I can strength train and get back into yoga. I know once I start exercising, I’ll do it without feeling like I have to reward myself after. I just need one little push and signing up for this half-marathon is my motivation. My focus will be to run 2-3 times a week until it gets closer to November.
I’m going on a vacation to Japan and China in July (!!), and a wedding in NY (!!) for the first weekend of August, so it just so happens that it lines up perfectly with my half-marathon training schedule I put together in Excel!
I took bits and pieces of different guides that I saw online, and worked it best around my schedule. (Thank you About.com! This schedule was my main source of reference.) I know that I’m getting ahead of myself, but I’ve always been a planner and an even bigger procrastinator, so maybe putting my business for the whole internet to see will put my butt into high gear. Atleast I hope it will!
What really made me want to sign up for this was hearing my big sister finish her half-marathon at the Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon: Denver last year. (By the way, if anyone in the Denver area needs a personal trainer, go to her! She has testimonials through the roof and is the best on both sides of the Rocky Mountains.) So proud of you, Jie Jie! I can only aspire to be like you.
Well, I’ll keep this post short and sweet. If anyone has any advice for me, let me know! I would love to hear it. Have a great weekend!
Are you training for anything right now? What would be your biggest tip for a newbie runner?