So I’m on my 4th week of preparing my body to start training for my first half marathon in September. I chose to follow the 12 week training guide I found here. Right now I still have 5 weeks until I hit the 12 week countdown so I’m currently trying to build up my stamina to run. I’m not going to lie I’m still not at the point yet where I actually look forward to running but I will say the days that I am unable to go for a run I end up feeling really crappy and guilty that I wasn’t able to make time. The biggest thing I’ve learned so far while doing research for beginner runners is not to run every day! That is something I am certainly abiding by. I’m so dedicated to running this race the last thing I want is an injury derailing me.
My “prepping stage” goes a little like this:
Monday – rest, stretch, or yoga
Tuesday – run
Wednesday – run
Thursday – run
Friday – rest, stretch, or yoga
Saturday – run
Sunday – long walk
When I first started running I was barely able to go 1 mile without stopping. Now I’m up to running at least 2 miles before slowing down, which I’m extremely happy about – it’s the small accomplishments that keep me going each day! Last Thursday I was able to run a full 3 miles without stopping! I couldn’t even believe I was doing it; it was as if someone came down and replaced my big stiff legs with super-fast athletic runner legs! Unfortunately I haven’t been able to run 3 straight miles since, but that’s ok because I’ve learned not to over push myself. Pushing myself got me to 3 miles, not overdoing it has kept me from injuring my body.
There are many days where I just don’t feel like going to running, but I push myself because I know this is what I want in the long run (← ha, see what I did there). It’s easy to get discouraged when you aren’t seeing results as quickly as you’d like to but what I’ve learned recently is that every day I get out there and run my body is making positive changes. I’ve learned to trust my body, not rush it. Yes I want to be able to run for longer than 30 minutes but just because I can’t do that this week doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen.