Operation Skinny Jeans: Half Marathon Training

Monday, November 4, 2013

Half Marathon Training

I no longer feel like a crazy person saying that I am going to run a half. I feel determined. I am a very goal oriented person and when I stopped setting goals, I stopped succeeding. I am ready to succeed.

Mama Laughlin has taught me a lot of things. But the most recent thing is that if your goals don't scare you, they aren't big enough. I need something big to work toward, it's how I work. Some people shut down, but not me.

There are tons of reasons I CAN'T run a half marathon next year. I am 100 lbs overweight. I have never run further than a mile straight. I have never run/walked more than 3 at one time. These are facts. I know these things. However, I know I can do ANYTHING I put my mind to. And I know I am stronger than I THINK I am. I know I won't quit when I set my mind on something and that I CAN run a half marathon in 8 months if I believe I can. I know I can, so I will. Simple as that.

So I started training on Friday. I am doing Couch to 5K 3 days a week with a long run (3 miles) on the weekends. 5 days a week I will do weight training, focusing on my arms, legs, and core. When I finish C25K, I will do the bridge to 10K 3 days a week and my long runs will go to 6 miles. Once I am done with THAT, I will start the Hal Higdon half marathon training program. This is a 26 week plan and assuming I don't have to repeat any weeks, I will be done on May 2nd.

I want to also do 1 race a month in 2014, 5K's until May, then the Bolder Boulder, which is a 10K at the end of May. The Half I want to run is on August 2nd. So I will have 3 months to train beyond the programs if I need to repeat anything.

I am very confident that I WILL be ready for this race.

Which brings me to that other race I eluded to on Friday.

I will be cross training along with my running, so obviously my body will change. My goal is to lose 100 lbs, but I will be happy with any change as long as I get stronger. Besides just being stronger, my goal is to do the Tough Mudder in September. Yup. I said it. I still feel insane saying this one out loud, which is why I am not 100% committed to it yet. I am giving myself until March to train and see where I am at before I register. I want to be certain that I won't hold my team back and I don't want to get into anything I physically can't accomplish. So this one is still up in the air, but it is in the back of my mind when I don't want to one more set of push ups, I do them anyway.

So that is my plan. You need a plan to reach a goal and this is mine.

Ever trained for something so far off it felt like a dream? Ever trained for a half? Have a lost my damn mind for considering the Tough Mudder



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21 comments :

  1. Wow! This plan sounds great and very well thought out! You've so got this Jess!

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  2. Wow! This plan sounds great and very well thought out! You've so got this Jess!

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  3. I think you are on the right track and I love your goals!

    -Elise @ 9toFit.com

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  4. Oh my gosh! Quite lofty goals!! I'm very impressed with your motivation! Send some of that my way! lol. The idea of doing a half marathon has been on my mind for the past year or two, but it scares me to death. At this point, I'd need to do something exactly like you're doing (C25k to 10k to half) but I just don't have the motivation/patience to do it at the moment. :( I wish you all the best of luck in your training!! I know you can do it!! :D Also, I'm sure that after completing a half, you'll have no problem with a tough mudder! Just try to give yourself some time off to recover.

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  5. Okay you are amazing!! I'm so scared to even think of doing a half but you've inspired me to try and find one to train for:) I really want to do the hot chocolate run in feb that 15k but I'm so nervous for that! You got this girl!

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  6. I am feeling the same way right now. I want to do my half in April and am trying to figure out which training program to use. I also want to do strength training but am completely clueless about it. Maybe there is an app? I love that you are are so confident and realize that yes you can do ANYTHING that you set your mind too. Just look at how far you have come!

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  7. Yayyyy this is so exciting, Jess! I can't wait to read about your journey through this - I have no doubt in my mind you'll be able to do this! All it takes is a little determination, and you sure as heck have that!

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  8. I say this all the time but you are incredible Jess... I absolutely know you can do it and I look forward to following along your journey!

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  9. I AM SO FREAKING PROUD OF YOU IT AINT EVEN FUNNY! Not only are you going to do the damn thing but you are going to rock it sistah! We will be training together! My first potential half may be in March but definitely doing the Flying Pig in May! Whoop Whoop!

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  10. YESSS!!!! A tough mudder! I'm running my very first Spartan Race in 2 weeks!!!! SO EXCITED to do it, but also terrified. Like you, I'm going for it though. :) You're awesome!!!

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  11. Do you have any interest in sharing your running plan?? I would love to start a long-term running plan, and sounds like you've got it figured out. Are you starting with a 9-week C25K plan?

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  12. Jess, You inspire me! These are such exciting goals and I think very achievable. It makes me want to sit down and figure out a solid plan for myself. Serious goals to reach. I look forward to encouraging you on in this journey!

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  13. So so proud of you!! :) I'm actually thinking about doing some 5ks too!! :).

    Tough mudder looks crazy!!

    Maybe next year for me or the next. Warrior dash is a good step below tough mudder. So look at that too.

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  14. Wow this is awesome I am so happy you've decided to go for it with a half mara! I can feel the excitement already!!
    I am hoping to get to do a half next year too but not got one picked or booked yet as one of the best localish ones to me is more than I would want to pay for a half!
    You will do absolutely fine on the 5k plan that's what I used when I first started running and I'm still running so it can't be that bad right? ;)
    Good luck with this goal looking forward to seeing the progress you can do it girl. You'll be awesome!
    x

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  15. Kick butt. But allude, not elude.

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  16. I just had a feeling you were going to do the Tough Mudder! My bff's husband did it in St. Louis and had a really good time. You will be great!

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  17. Im so very proud of how far you have come!!! Your amazing!

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  18. Hey Jess! You're amazing! Love your blog! I used to run half marathons but then gained 70 lbs of baby weight and have trouble running 1 to 2 miles now! I've lost 50 lbs of baby weight so far and I'm signed up for a half next spring too... We can do it!!

    BritneyMunday.blogspot.com

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  19. The mudder isn't as scary as it sounds I promise! I have done 3 or 4 of them and it is all about team work. There is no way I can jump a 10ft wall with out a boost. You are also never running much at once. There are a lot of obstacles packed into that 12 miles!

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  20. I am so like you at this point. I might be a little further out in my own journey, but it always strikes me as absolutely mind crushing that I am attempting to run a half marathon. Truth be told, the half I want to run is in May and Hal's program has me running that half in January, so where do you think my mind wonders to for May? Ya...the full...I always quickly push the thought aside, like its just plain nuts to even contemplate, but maybe just maybe?

    That you have goals and aspirations and have taken those first few steps towards your goals is an accomplishment right? I always use my blog as a space for public accountability, if I write something there, I feel like I have to then follow through. You are doing great!

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