Can't remember whether or not I blogged about this, but our group wasn't chosen for the Nike Half-Marathon in the fall. I was really bummed at first, but as I've said before, sometimes things happen for a reason.
Last week, I signed up for the 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk for the late fall with another good blogger friend, Alyssa. We are stoked and there will be much more written about this in upcoming weeks. My original plan was to train for the half-marathon as well as the 3-day walk at the same time, but after reviewing the training schedule for the 3-day it quickly became apparent that it would be almost impossible to do. The recommended training is intense -- 6 days a week switching between easy and moderate training walks, strength training and cross-training. I've heard that even though you're only walking, your body (especially your hips and feet) still takes a beating and you should prepare yourself as much as possible.
So, for now, my half-marathon plans are being placed on hold. That being said, I still want to run a 5K before I start training for the 3-day in June. I've been following Hal Higdon's 5K program and will be done with it by the end of May, just in time to run a real race before my 3-day training begins. Wheee!
Tuesday was my first 2 mile run day -- yeah, I know it sounds wimpy, but it was a big deal to me. I'm running around a 12 min mile, which means I ran for almost 25 minutes straight! The kicker? My ipod ran out of juice just before I started my run, so I was without any entertainment, save for the TV in the gym whose sound I couldn't hear. And as much as I was dreading it, I found that I fell into a zone faster than I normally do and it was actually a very pleasant run. So weird! The only downside is I think I got a little overzealous towards the end and my shins and right ankle have been "talking" to me ever since. Poo.
My long term goal is to take a small break after the 3-day walk and then start training for a half-marathon for spring or early summer 2009. It kinda sucks that I can't do it all at once, but sometimes you just have to prioritize and take things one at a time.