Friday, September 6, 2013

Still Running... Walking... Hobbling...

For those who remember, I was signed up to do the Des Moines Marathon last year and wasn't able to do it, or the half marathon for that matter. So, they offered to let me defer my registration to this year. The original plan was to do the full this year. Well, life being life, I realized early on that wasn't going to happen and changed to the half marathon. I had a 16 week plan all set up and a few weeks in hadn't done anything. So, I found a 12 week plan and decided I would hit the ground and get after it. That didn't happen either so I found a 10 week plan.... yeah... good thought but again, things were not moving... or I should say I was not moving! On Sunday, September 1st one of my friends posted on  that he was starting a Facebook group called #mileaday to enourage people to walk, jog, run, bike... do something for a mile a day in the month of September. I saw this Sunday evening and clicked "join" thinking this would help me get started. Then I started having second thoughts.

  • Do I REALLY want to commit to this?
  • Do I REALLY want to put myself out there publicly with this commitment?
  • Do I REALLY have this in me?
Well, just moments before I could click "cancel request to join" I got a notification that I had been approved to join the group. 


Now I had done it - I was in... to bow out now would be embarrassing (as if anyone would have noticed) But, I was in so I laced up my shoes and hopped on my elliptical and got a couple miles in before the day ended.

The next morning I got up and went for a 3 mile walk. I was only planning on 2 miles but was feeling good so did a bit more. Tuesday my feet were killing me. The plantar fascitis was back with a vengeance. I slept with my night splint on that night and Wednesday morning it felt a little better. I realized I needed to be more disciplined about wearing it if I was going to get through the next 7 weeks. I worked out a training schedule that I thought was reasonable that would prepare me for the half marathon on October 20th. This is what I came up with:


Some of the miles during the week will be cross training done on the elliptical but I plan on getting my long ones done walking/jogging/hobbling(?) Honestly I wouldn't be doing this race if I hadn't deferred my registration from last year. I'm not necessarily excited about it. Of course, part of that might be because the weather has been HOT HOT HOT lately and it is unbearable to be outside. Hopefully Fall will show up in the next few weeks because I HATE HATE HATE walking/jogging or doing ANYTHING outside when it is so hot out. I'm also hoping my level of excitement revs up some and I can enjoy the day when it gets here. It is a beautiful course and I always have enjoyed it in the past. I don't know if I will register for any long races next year - maybe just some 5k's and 10k's... I'm not going to decide that now.

But this year, I plan on putting on my Team 413 shirt on October 20, 2013 and putting one foot in front of the other to get 13.1 miles in that day!

For now I need to get back into the habit of moving, get some weight off, and continue in my journey of healing. God has been so faithful and I am grateful for His guidance and help in my process thus far.

For now, it is off to bed I go so I can get up early in an effort to beat the heat in the morning to get my 5 miles in!

Running the race to the finish,


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