I’m doing something really stupid. I’m trying to go from nowhere NEAR my usual jogging shape to doing a half marathon in six weeks…. Couch to half marathon in six weeks!
I’m actually SUPER excited.
My mom emailed me Thursday asking if I wanted to join her on October 4th for a half marathon, and my gut reaction was “BLARGH” but the idea quickly grew on me… I have been wanting to run another half marathon (mostly as redemption for my utter failure that was training for my last one), and I really could use the motivation and challenge of doing something so spontaneous and so quickly! Even though I’m definitely not in good running shape, I know I could jog/walk 13 miles tomorrow if need be and I’d get through.
So yesterday morning I emailed back that I’m in, and at lunch I put together a training plan for myself, and I start tomorrow! Actually today, I’m sneaking in a 3-mile jog that’s not on the training schedule.
I’m really curious and excited to see how this goes. My last (and only) half marathon, I tried to follow a strict training schedule, but life got in the way big time. I met Preston and started blowing off runs for dates 😉 and then I got the world’s worst cough. Like, “get sent home from work at 9:15 in the morning because you’re scaring your coworkers” kind of cough. And hey, I did okay on that race.
Let the record reflect that I am in NO WAY going for speed at ALL. I will seriously be proud if I average a 12 minute mile. I will be CRAZY proud if I don’t have to walk. (This means no tempo runs on my training schedule.)
[EDIT TO ADD: THIS TURNED OUT TO WORK REALLY WELL FOR ME! HERE’S THE RECAP POST IF YOU WANT TO READ NEXT!]
If anybody wants to follow along or try this out later, I’m providing my couch to half marathon training schedule here. But beware: it’s not tested. It’s not created by a trainer. It’s just my personal goal for myself. Right now, I can maayyyybe get in a 3 mile jog (feeling really crappy) IF it’s not too hot outside and IF I don’t have too much food in my stomach. So not 100% starting from the couch, but about as close as you can get and still feasibly jog 13 miles in 6 weeks without stopping.
Let’s give it a try! I’ll be sharing updates here and there (maybe weekly?) and Instagramming tons of pictures of running shoes #LesliesCouchToHalf!
couch to half marathon training schedule:
Seriously, how pretty did that turn out? I’m proud.
A couple final notes about the couch to half marathon training schedule if you give it a shot: the rest days mean complete rest, maybe some easy walking in the normal course of your day, and of course stretching and foam rolling are welcome. The yoga days are similar, but at least 25 minutes of yoga or stretching is mandatory. I also intend to foam roll bare minimum 3 days a week, and preferably more like 5. The strength training days I’ll mix it up, focusing mostly on core strength (because HELLO, affects everything…) and making sure to get some leg strengthening in (without being too hard on my knees, delicate balance.)