Week 1 of training is in the books and it went well! My Tuesday run I did outside and I was able to run 10 minutes straight, which felt awesome. Then I interval-ed the last 10 minutes, but still felt good! My Thursday run was on the dreadmill because of weather (stupid rain) and my Saturday run was outside and it was beautiful! No land speed records, and I forgot to track it on my Map my Fitness app, but luckily I installed a new fancy app called Breeze!
Breeze is cool because it tracks your steps like a Fit Bit except its free. And obviously the people at Breeze have no clue who I am, I just downloaded it (its free) and I love it.
Anyhoo its pretty cool. :D
On that run, I got talking to my marathon buddy and we had a come to Jesus. We picked a really bad first half marathon. TONS of people have told me that. We were kinda ignorant to the options at the time so we kinda jumped on it. But now that we are getting closer to the date, it is freaking us out.
Reasons we are worried:
1. It is in the mountains. Colorado running is already hard because we are at 5,000 elevation, which means there is less oxygen. This race is in the mountains, meaning we are starting the half at over 11,000 feet and gaining 500 ft of elevation in 3 miles. It's like a hilly run from hell, literally running up a mountain. And by running I mean crawling because lets be honest.
2. There is a 3.5 hour time limit. This probably sounds like no big deal to experienced runners, but that is a 16 minute mile. Again seems like no big deal, but I currently run about a 17 minute mile (slow as shit, I know) and add 3 of those miles STRAIGHT up a mountain. No let up. No down hill to rest. JUST MORE MOUNTAIN. We are kinda freaking.
3. Its not a big one. When I first threw out the idea that I wanted to run a half, a good friend suggested running a big one because the crowds will get you through. This is a pretty small race and along those mountain roads there will be parts where we are alone. I remember being the last person to finish my first 5K and it was TERRIBLE! I wanted to die. I wanted to CRAWL because we were all alone. I had lost the excitement by that point. Running a bigger race, there are more people and more of a crowd.
4. It's in August. Now Colorado isn't Texas or Arizona or anything, but it is hot as hell, almost always in the high 90's/ over the 100's. Ew.
So yeah. We have until June 1st to get our full money back (oh yeah, another one- it doesn't support a charity... ) so we are definitely considering it. The Rock and Roll half is in October, which will be better weather, a better (flatter) race, and has a 4 hour time limit, which we feel is do-able.
No Pokey update today- she is moving! But she will be back next week :D
How is your training going?