So I have had a difficult past year, my father past away, I became pregnant with my 4th child (yes this is a blessing), I moved, I gained 65lbs, I lost a very dear friend and I am now responsible for taking care of my mother who has MS. Needless to say it has been rough and I have had no time to exercise much less run at all.
Recently a good friend and my first running buddy asked me to run a race with her, Marine Corps Marathon Oct 2011 (why so far away? Because she is expecting her third baby this nov!)
At first I was thinking NO WAY! But then I decided that it might just be far enough away that it would be an obtainable goal for me and a way to de-stress myself? But now how do I make it happen??? I am not exactly sure, but I have a few ideas to help me get started in the right direction.
I decided I need to do TWO half marathons before I even think about doing a full. So I am in the process of finding a half in apr 2011 and then in sept 2011(early/mid). I will use a 12 week program to train for the apr race so I know that I will need to start training early feb 2011 for my first half. The marathon training program is 18 weeks, so I will need to start in early Jul 2011 for that.
Right now I need to lose weight (50lbs more-hopefully done in dec this year). I also need to work on running further distances and speed work. My goal for Dec this year is to run 6 miles under an hour (which is basically under a 10 min mile pace).
Short term goals (by dec 2010)
Mid term goals(summer 2011)
-run 2 half marathons (apr and sept) Goal for 2nd half is 2 hours but may need to change.
-start training for Apr half in Feb 2011 probably using Hal Higdon's novice plan modified a little
-start Marathon training Jul 2011
-set marathon finish time goal
Long term goals (oct 2011)
So right now my work out schedule is very erratic because of the summer. I am doing my best to work out but will have a set schedule in the fall when school starts again. I will continue to concentrate on losing weight and get in all the workouts I can till then! What are YOU doing right now to prepare for Oct 2011?