Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Training Season Begins - 2017 here I come

In 2015 I decided I was done running marathons. “A half is enough.” I said. A 7-10 mile training run is so much easier to squeeze in on a weekend morning than a 14-20 mile run.

Never say never, right?

I went home to Pittsburgh to run the half in May 2016 and realized a half just isn’t enough. It’s plenty for many, it’s too much for some. Every single person who finishes 13.1 miles deserves the medal, the free beer, the hugs and the celebration.

To me, not running at all was easier than running 13 miles. Maybe it’s because in May I clocked my worst time ever. Maybe it’s because I hate the half course in Pittsburgh, or because I felt like I let myself down. I am not sure of the reasons, but I am sure that in May 2017 I am all in for Pittsburgh.

Before Pittsburgh, though, I have to conquer the Walt Disney World Full Marathon on January 8.

A couple of weeks ago I realized I hadn’t run since May. I hit the treadmill to see what kind of shape I was in. 2 miles in I was done. The next day I was sore from hips to toes.

“How am I going to do this?”

This thought has been top of mind for the past 10 days. I needed a plan. It’s hard to achieve a goal without one.

I am not in running shape, but I am in shape. I exercise regularly at a vigorous intensity. I build exercise programs for people who are looking to do just what I am – run a distance race as a beginner.

It’s high time to put that skill to use for myself. This morning, I did just that.


My official training plan starts on Monday, October 17th - a little less than a month from today. Between now and then the plan is to run 2-3 days a week to get my body warmed back up to the idea of hitting the pavement.

From October 17th – January 8th it’s 12-weeks of nose to the grindstone training, 6 days a week, 1 workout each day. I can do this and do it well.

Will I get a PR? Probably not. But that’s ok, because I’ll get the finisher medal…and a weekend with an old friend.

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