A Bold Move

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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  1. gene says:

    mmmmmmmm…cookies. enjoy.
    congrats on choosing the half. i like that distance; just enough time to settle in, and leaves me enough time with the family, too.
    can’t wait to read all about your training!
    peace, YO!

  2. kimert says:

    I started training for my first half marathon a couple weeks ago! I haven’t even registered for a half yet but I am training regardless! 🙂 You can do it. Oh and one more thing… YOU ARE NOT A FATASS!! Or even doughy. Now, eat a cookie and go run. 😉

  3. John says:

    Good Luck my friend! (And I like the sly Cookie Monster reference you worked in – I wonder how many people will pick up on it.)

  4. ElizOF says:

    Go for it and keep us all posted!
    Stopping by and following your blog from the F.M.B.T blog hop…
    Have a happy holiday season!

  5. Matthew Jancosek says:

    MMMM..nothing beats fresh cookies out of the oven.

    Great to see people still running in the colder season. I prefer to run in the cold (less people) hahaha! Anyway I like to share a good site that sells Disposable Jackets. They are VERY warm for being as light as they are. They are called sheddable shells, take a look at them. Look at their testimonials while you are there too.

    Sheddable Shell – disposable marathon clothing

  6. Running Betty says:

    Positive words lead to positive thoughts.
    Don’t you love your round luscious butt? Aren’t you happy it supports you as you walk around and pick up the girls and watch tv?
    Isn’t it just the right size for you right now, and makes your husband swoon?
    You have a great tushy and don’t forget it!

  7. becelisa says:

    you know that once you find your rhythm again you’ll be running strong! it’s in your soul. i’ll be running the half as well, injuries and all. see you there!

  8. Johnnie Lanier says:

    I am so glad you decided to go for the half! I always do better if I have a race on the horizon. I am all about the conversational miles too 🙂 Can’t wait to hear how training goes. Live, love, run (and eat cookies).
    Just found your blog at a link party. I am a new follower. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog. Come check out my new blog hop Thrifty Thursdays.

  9. Paula Kiger says:

    You go!! As you know from having a running “past,” it’s just a matter of getting one foot in front of the other. You can do it! I enjoyed your post and the humor you wove in to it! Good luck in your half marathon!!

  10. Kim says:

    I think it’s great that you have a plan but seriously – take it easy on yourself. You just had a baby! Visiting from Mama Kat.

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