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?