As I mentioned in my last post, this past summer I ran my first half-marathon. If you knew me in high school, or even in college you’d probably be surprised by this. I hated running. I remember I had to take an online jogging class for some PE credits in high school and by the end of the class you had to run one and a half miles and I thought I was going to die. Literally.
I don’t even really know when that all started to change. A couple of years ago I just decided to start running. Starting out very slowly. I’d run a mile or two. Then built up to where I was running 3 to 4 miles once or twice a week and then I decided to to a 10K. I though 6 miles was a big deal. After I did a few 10K’s I thought “hey, why not run a half-marathon?” I’d never run more than a 10K at one time (6.2 miles) so that was more than double the miles. The beginning of last summer I decided to start training. I looked up some training schedules that I thought would work for me as what I considered an “intermediate” runner. I wasn’t really a beginner but definitely not advanced .
One Saturday about half-way through my training I was doing a longer run, a 9-miler, and my foot started to hurt pretty badly. I, being stupid, just kept running. I was determined to finish my run. However by the time I got home the pain was really bad. I started researching on the internet and found that my symptoms were indicative of a stress fracture. A trip to the podiatrist resulted in confirmation of my fears, a 6 to 8 week break from running and a lovely foot-shaped sucker. Having completed half my training I was pretty devastated. I had finally committed to doing this and now I was going to have to start all over. From scratch. After not running for 2 months. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to make myself do it. But after that 2 months I got back out there and started running [with new, much better shoes]. A lot of times at 5:00 am in the morning in the dark through a creepy park…bad idea. Fortunately I have creepy parents who would sometimes trade off riding their bikes behind me while I ran on my longer runs. Who are the creepers now?
Six Week Training Schedule
(I used a program similar to this one, just slightly adjusted for my schedule). I got this one from: http://lifeinleggings.com/training/6-week-half-marathon-training-plan/