Monday, August 31, 2009

Training for a Half Marathon

So I signed up to train and run with Team Diabetes in the PF Chang 2010 Rock and Roll Arizona. It will be January 17th. Here I am - never run a race and I can barely run a mile all at once - though when I combine walking and running, I can go much farther. I thought I would chronicle my training and progress here for the "rest of us" who aren't natural-born-runners.

Today I used a combination of Couch to 5K (week 3, day 2) and my own methods on the treadmill. W3D2 was scheduled to be run 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds, run 3 minutes, walk 3 minutes and repeat for a total of 18 minutes plus a five minute warm up and cool down - total 28 minutes. I did that but then I continued on for a total of 3 1/2 miles.

On the 90 second runs, I set the pace at 6miles/hr (10 minute mile) and on the three minute runs, I did the first minute at 6mi/hr, the second minute at 5.5mi/hr and the third minute at 5mi/hr. I ran/walked the 18 minutes but then continued on to complete 3 1/2 miles.

Hopefully, someday I'll be able to run longer than three minutes without having to stop and walk!

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