Monday, December 26, 2011

Congratulations, You Have Decided to Run a Half Marathon

So You have decided to run a half marathon, Congratulations.  You are about to embark on a journey of commitment (wait a minute, commitment), planning (hey no one told me I had to plan) and dedication (I knew that one).  It is a big decision, a decision that is not to be taken lightly.  As you cross the finish line you will receive one of these:
2011 Marathon Metal

This is a decision not to be taken lightly.  Lets face it when you commit to running a distance race, it becomes part of your life.  The good an the bad.  There are so many things you need to take into consideration.  First of all it is a wonderful experience because you are learning about what you are capable of.  You are challenging yourself, so you determine where you want to set the goal yourself.  You need to start thinking about food and drink more.  Food becomes more of a fuel, so choosing smartly is important.  Making sure you are drinking enough water is equally important.

There is one big equation you need to figure out, and that is training.  Last year for the Marathon, I was lucky, my friend Jodi (check out her amazingly motivational blog) had our plan put together for us.  This year is going to be a bit different for me.  I am going to have to put together the hard work and come up with a plan - that is not to say that I can't email it to my running friends, and ask for additional thoughts, but I have to do the work on my own.  I am ready for this task!

This year is also different because I am running on "My Own."  Yea read my blog you will see that I ran many races on my own, including the Glass City Half Marathon, and the Cleveland Marathon, but this is different.  I can train with the help of my friends, and I am a proud member of the Cleveland West Running Club, and I am sure with OAR (BTW please consider donating to this great cause!) I can join runs as well, however this is going to be a bit different, with my mind set.

So I have to come up with a plan.  I know that there are 20 weeks 6 days before the marathon as of today.  I also know that I only really need 12 weeks to train for the event, but I want to start ASAP.  I have to decide if I want to train based on distance or time ran.  I have to decide how far I want my longest run to be.  I need to determine my goal finishing time.  I also have to decide if there are going to be other races between now and then.

I am confused, and still coming up with a plan.  Right now I plan on getting up early tomorrow morning, meeting the girls for a nice morning run, and hoping that the run will clear the fog from my head, they can give me some advice where to start and pick a plan.  I can, and will accomplish this, I just have to take it one piece of the puzzle at a time, If I don't I might get overwhelmed.

I know that I will achieve my goals, once I set them.  I am excited to get out there and run some more!!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Goals for 2012

Wow it has been a while since I have sat down to blog.  I guess that is for many reasons, mostly because I was not running.  Once I was able to run in July, I originally thought that I would pick up where I left off, but I was wrong.  I was not at that level at all.  Part of me was scared that I would get injured again.  I had self doubt that I should even be out there running.  Lots of things going through my head.

Well after some major fighting in my head, and honestly missing the road I have decided that it is time.  I need to get back out there.  I did not hit any of my goals for running in 2011, guess they were a bit ambitious.   Now that it is the end of December it is time to start to think about where to go in 2012.  Many times I have thought about this.  I have finally decided that 2012 is going to be the year of the half marathon for me.

The Half Mary is my favorite race over all.  It is a perfect distance to be a challenge to run.  This is a great distance to focus on a PR.  That is exactly what I am going to do.  I am running the Cleveland Half Marathon.  I plan on finding many more different half Marathons to run though out the year (if there are any suggestions please let me know)  I am looking forward to the Cleveland Half.  This is going to be an exciting experience because I want to focus on a PR for this race.

I am also honored to be an official Blogger for the Cleveland Marathon again. As a busy mother of 2 boys I have learned just how much running has a positive effect on my life.  It helps me to be more focused and a better mother.  I am looking forward to sharing my journey towards the Marathon, and how I am striving for a PR for this race.  I know that this is going to be an amazing experience, and I am looking forward to inspire others to try running for this great event.  My goal is to compare the Marathon training and a PR training for a half marathon.

My other goal is to run at least one race for Charity.  I am going to run with OAR.  This is close to my heart and if I can help a great cause it is the perfect way for me to help.  I will have my fundraising page set up soon, so be ready to see that.

You will see so much coming up in the next year for me.  I am looking to show everyone that running is a sport for everyone.  Anyone can get off the couch and go out for a run.  It does not matter how fast you are, it only matters that you tried.

Keep Running:)
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