Last Saturday, I decided to do something I’ve never done before.
I signed up to train for a half marathon!
My friend posted on her Facebook that she signed up for a half marathon training group in Montclair. Intrigued, I went to the training website and read up. 12 weeks of training, seminars, and advice leading up to the Long Branch Half Marathon on May 1st. The program sounded easy to follow, fun, and doable.
The issue? Registration was closing the next day and they only had 4 slots left!
That night, I ran into said friend at a party and told her that I was interested in training, too. She told me all about the program and how excellent past training programs with the shop (Fleet Feet) were. She (along with other partygoers) were extremely encouraging, which led me to doing the craziest thing I’ve done in awhile.
I got home around 2am and (still half-drunk from the party I came from) signed up for the half marathon training program online.
First training session was yesterday and it went extremely well! I was ridiculously nervous about this day but honestly had nothing to worry about. Everyone is so nice and super encouraging! Definitely the best group of people to surround yourself with when training.
50 people are in this training group and we’re all split into groups (hardcore runners, joggers, and walk/jog combo). I decided to go with the walk/jog group because I didn’t want to kill myself right off the bat.
I haven’t done any sort of serious fitness outside in ages and the outdoors proved to me that I’m not as fit or speedy as I may be in the gym! I was actually the second to last person to finish our 3 mile loop! But whatever…It honestly didn’t bother me because I had an incredible time, was done in about an hour and felt amazing. I sadly have to miss out on tomorrow’s night run but am going to train indoors until then (unless we have a strangely warm and bright night).
I’ll be doing 2 outdoor trainings a week with Fleet Feet. 1 short training on Tuesday nights and 1 long training on Sunday mornings. In between training sessions, I have an exercise schedule to follow to help me build up my stamina and continually train. The training group’s also having seminars every so often to attend about wellness and nutrition.
It’s only Monday but I’m already looking forward to our Sunday morning session. Can’t wait to share more about this crazy awesome challenge with you all!
Oh and BTW I lost another pound so I’m now at 162.4. WOOO!