I spent some time trying to figure what days I was going to pick to start training for my half-marathon. Although, I ultimately decided to go back to my old training schedule from when I first started training for my 1st 5K run. I diligently trained Monday, Wednesday and Saturday of every week. Like the old saying goes, why re-invent the wheel? Just go back to what works. I have some sort of mental block with starting with Week 1training; that’s just going too far back for me, so I decided to start at Week 2. I went to the park, stretched and popped in my purple earbuds on my purple iPod nano and found my Week 2 podcast. Which I know is not technically a “podcast.” If you know how to make a real podcast, can you email me? I get so many emails that say “Help Carli, I downloaded your podcast, but it’s not on my iPod.” It usually is on there, it’s just mixed in the general music library instead of the “podcast” section of iPod.
     Anyway, this time my run felt different. Instead of feeling like I was obligated to workout, because it’s what I know I “should” be doing, I actually wanted to start training, I am looking forward to achieving my goals of running a half marathon. 13.1 miles seems like a long way from the 90 second interval runs in Week 2 of the couch to 5K plan, but it’s definitely a start. I put my heart into each interval and I had my mind set on my big goal.  It was tough, but not extremely difficult, I probably could have started at Week 3.  However, I was anxiously awaiting to hear my own voice say “it’s time for your last run.” …..Thank you so much for your supportive comments. I’m attending the informational meeting on Tuesday to learn more about the LLS Team in Training that I mentioned. I’m so excited, of course I’ll make sure to tell you all about it!

  1. WTG. Glad you got your mind set. Thats the first step. Keep up the great work and keep us posted!

  2. Will do! For some strange reason, I like sharing all of my personal business on the internet everyday lol.

  3. I am on Week 7 of your program. Initially I didn’t think I could do it because I was just exhausted, but once I heard your lovely voice say “You’re five minutes into your run” I knew I could do it. It was such a breeze believe it or not! Maybe it was because I had a friend run with me? She said I made it look so easy, lol! Day 2 tomorrow!

  4. Ohhhhhh, I wish I could be there for your half-marathon. How exciting! When my friend and I were trying to get ready for one we worked so hard. I never go to do it because I overtrained and really damaged my knees….so, be careful, and kind to yourself. 🙂 You will be amazed at how fast the miles go by…sort of. My advice…pray that the wind is always at your back, it makes a huge difference!


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