With my sedentary fat ass sitting on the floor, I feverishly searched through magazines for my favorite Christmas cookie recipes. As I combed through dozens of dusty magazines, I stumbled upon an old Runner’s World magazine (August 2009). It boasted:
Your Perfect Plan
- Finish Your First 13.1 Miler
- Train Less, Have More Fun
A few days ago, my running friends and I were discussing Gasparilla Distance Classic and which distance we would choose to run. Chrissy said she’d like run better 5k and go for a new PB. Kelly and Faith contemplated registering for their first 5K. Julie mentioned she would like to go for her first half marathon. But after finishing her first half a few weeks ago and not really enjoy it, Jackie thought she might shoot for a shorter distance this time, like a 15K.
But which distance would I choose? The 5K? A 10K? Do I attempt the 15K or even a half marathon?
No matter the distance, it would mean one thing: I would have to get my pop-n-fresh doughy fat ass off the floor and really start training again.
These days I have been training less, almost non-existent from nearly a year ago when I trained for my fourth half marathon. I really miss those running days and my ultimate me time.*sigh*
But I interpreted finding that old Runner’s World as a sign. I should choose the half marathon. With GDC, less than 11 weeks away, this RW ten week plan was PERFECT, especially with the holidays right in the middle of my training and it also leaves room for injury and recovery time. Plus, I particularly like the “conversational” miles each week. As all my running partners know, I can rack up some serious “conversation” miles.
Attempting such a bold move five months postpartum would be like starting all over as a beginner runner, which is another reason why this RW plan is so perfect for me. It works on an “easy” pace and time, not speed.
So that’s it. I’ve made my mind up. I am going for the half-marathon. I’m not going to PR, just make it through the miles.
Let me just finish my cookies first. Nom nom nom nom
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