Monday, August 16, 2010

The "Unrealistic Part"

Maybe it's not so unrealistic anymore.

What used to be unrealistic was me just running a marathon. Now the unrealistic part that I'm achieving is running faster.

The past couple weeks I've been doing interval training. Mostly I run/walk at 3/6 mph. But sometimes I kick it up to run 7 or 7.5. That's big for me. When I first started running in 2006 for the Couch to 5K program, I was running at 4 mph.

Today's run was:

5 minutes walking
2 minutes running, 1 minute walking, repeat 7 times
5 minutes cooling down

31 minutes, 2.25 miles total

It was a great run!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I have a race!

Kind of like I have a dream, only a lot sweatier.

My family and I have won lottery tickets for the Aramco Half Marathon! Hubby (yes, he's now my hubby!) and I debated a lot about how to train. I loved running with HoustonFit, but the downsides are its just too freaking hot outside, and when it does cool off, they still meet really early in the morning. Plus, when you have someone to run with, it's a lot easier to stick to your own schedule.

So, we will not be joining a running club. I have developed a plan myself, combining HoustonFit, Galloway, Hal Higdon, and the Couch to 5K program.

Today was the official start, although I've been running 2-3 miles on a pretty regular basis lately. Today's run was 2.65 miles long (2.5 plus cool down, 32 minutes total). I ran 19 of those minutes at 6 mph (on the treadmill) and then 13 of those minutes at 3.5 mph (walking on the treadmill).

We are also in for the Texas Independence Relay again, and I'm hoping to do the Gateway to the Bay Triathlon.