Long time no chat. I am so sorry for the absence, but I have been super stressed about exams.
Today I want to just have a little chat with you about a very exciting thing in my life. I have decided to run a half-marathon. “Whaat?”
This would probably be my reaction a few months ago. But, things change, and I officially committed to run a half marathon in August. So excited and nervous.
I know, I know, what an idea right? For someone who has never even run 10 km to run a half marathon (21km)?
Yes, I am fit. But, I am a weight lifter and a few months ago you would never see me running. I always hated it.
So, how the heck have I suddenly had this idea?
A few weeks ago I actually went for a run. After a long, long time. And I was surprised how good it felt. So I kept running and running. I came back from the run and I felt so energized and happy. I forgot how good cardio felt, haha.
The next time I went for a run was with my dad. And then I had this weird idea. I said to my dad “Hey, you know what I would love to do sometime? A half-marathon.” And he immediately agreed. “Let’s do it together”. The next thing I know was that we made a deal to run it together this summer.
A new challenge
The idea of running a half-marathon came to my mind because I needed a new challenge. I committed to a lot of challenges in the past. Like, doing 1 alcohol-less year, putting myself out there on this blog and offering personal coaching. But this time I needed something in terms of fitness and health. So this was the next best thing.
I have been working out for 4 years now and despite the hard beginning everything went smoothe in my journey. In the past few months I have been feeling a little bit uninspired at the gym. There is nothing new, no new exercises, no real challenge and that’s why I had to look for a new goal to work towards.
I am a strong believer that when something feels out of your comfort zone, you have to do exactly that thing. So, as much as I hated running, a half-marathon is exactly the thing I needed to commit to.
The half-marathon is on August 25, 2019. I have exactly 3 months, so 12 weeks left. Uhhuh.
I already mentioned that I am a total beginner to running. That’s why my only goal is to get through the marathon. No fancy best times.
Regarding my training, I have already started with 1-2 times a week. Currently, I am running between 4-6km at a pace of 6 minutes per km. I know, I know that’s far away from 21 km.
But I plan to train 3 times a week in the next few months. The plan is to run one 30 minute session, one 40 minute session and one session up to 90 minutes per week.
I have already been noticing such good improvements in my endurance. And I am starting to actually enjoy my training sessions.
As my specialty is weightlifting and yoga, and not at all running (cardio), I have decided to help myself with some books. That’s why I purchased Kelly Starrett’s “Ready to run”. OMG, I love this book. It has already been such a help and life saver.
It mostly emphasizes the importance of mobility, a proper running technique and what to do if you have injuries. Ever since I started reading, I am doing different mobility exercises, mostly for my feet, knees and hips, every day. I already feel such a difference in my running performance.
Don’t worry, I will write a whole review of the book very soon.
I am so excited where this journey will take me. If you take anything away from this blog post, it should be that you can do things you think are impossible right now. We are all meant to do greater things, things that are out of our comfort zone.
Remember, life begins at the end of your comfort zone 😉