Yes, you read that title correctly – I am training for a half-marathon. But why am I choosing to share this hardly scintillating piece of information with you? Well, because I know that you will all keep me accountable and I know that you will keep me pushing forward. I tried running like Liam Gallagher and whilst I found it strangely liberating, I drifted and my training became haphazard in its approach. Yes, I need something to work towards. I need a plan.
Training For A Half-Marathon
Why a half-marathon? Well, this year saw me intensively training for the Moonwalk Marathon and the States Island Walk. Both gave me something to aim for and a real reason to train. I enjoyed it and found that my nightmare periods became more manageable. As soon as I stopped the intensive training I found that I was back to vomiting with my periods and generally being a really mardy cow. Running also helps with the general feeling of anxiety and claustrophobia that I sometimes feel living somewhere so small. Really, this and the ever expanding waistline should be reason enough to exercise, but it isn’t. Despite the fact I know it’s good for me, and despite the fact running means I can eat the odd cake without it going straight to my hips, I still struggle with it. I wish I was like my lovely blogging friend Sam from Mouse Moo & Me Too, who manages to exercise despite quite possibly being the busiest person I know. If you don’t read her blog or follow her on Instagram then you need to. She is proof that being a busy working mum doesn’t mean you can’t exercise!
I Need To Make Time
So inspired by Sam and the mega athletes I saw competing in the Jersey Super League triathlon the other week, I have decided to start properly training with a goal in mind. Therefore, I will be following a half-marathon training programme and mixing this up with my Be Better Fitness Training. I am now working Monday to Friday (all the hours) as I have 2 regular freelance contracts but I still need to find the time. This means that I will be getting up at the crack of dawn again *sobs into coffee* but I know that getting up early is really the best time to exercise otherwise I won’t be able to do it.
I have my three month training programme and I will be going back to the drawing board and using a beginner’s plan, I know that I want to run a marathon run around January or February time but I am struggling to find a race. Can anyone recommend a good flat course? It has to be flat because the only 10km race I have ever done was so hilly that I cried all the way round and swore that I would never run again. Me and hills are one challenge too far. So if you know of any races taking place then please let me know. If you also know of any other bits or YouTube videos that will help with my training then please let me know.
Wish me luck. I’m going to need it!
Disclaimer – Please be aware that I was gifted my Be Better Fitness Training membership