When I finished the Columbus 1/2 Marathon in Oct, I wasn't sure if I wanted to do another one. It was long & hard & I was tired of walking. I didn't know if I wanted to train again. After some time & some discussions with family & friends, I decided to try one more 1/2 at the Capital City 1/2 Marathon on May 4.
I decided to take 2 months off & just exercise. I started taking a bunch of group fitness classes at my gym & I fell in love! I love everything about the classes: the people, the variety, the huge calorie burn, etc. As Jan got here I really didn't want to give that up to go back to walking all the time. I found a shorter training plan, one I didn't have to start until Feb & decided to do that so I could get one more month of classes.
Then on Jan 6 I got an email from my Flylady subscription with the subject "Walkers & Runners - Free Training Plans." It was from "Award-Winning Fitness Expert, 12-time Ironman Triathlon Finisher (9:50 is his best time) and 16-time Boston Marathon Finisher (3:12 is his best time) Jonathan Roche." The plan basically has you exercise 5 days/week, rest one day, then do a long run/walk. It is 16 weeks & it just so happened that if I started on Mon 1/7, I would finish on Sat 5/4. I'm in!!
I am a little nervous about not walking a lot during the week, but if I start to feel fatigued on my long walks, I'll just start adding a few days of walking during the week. I also have multiple races coming up so that will be extra walking above my training plan. I'm also not planning a rest day because life happens & I always wind up getting an unexpected rest day (although last week I didn't & I'm OK with that too). I'm SO excited about my new training plan!
Week 1 was great! I did classes 5 days last week, did a quick workout at home on Sat & walked on Sun. I also joined a local walking club to help get through the long walks on this journey. I'll walk with them Sun mornings.
Mon, 1/7 - 60 minute Total Body Conditioning class
Tues, 1/8 - 20 minutes on bike, 35 minutes of Zumba class
Weds, 1/9 - 60 minutes of Zumba class
Thurs, 1/10 - 35 minutes of Zumba class, 60 minutes of
Fri, 1/11 - 60 minutes of Zumba class
Sat, 1/12 - Countdown Workout
Sun, 1/13 - 3 mile walk (only 1 on the plan, but that didn't seem worth the effort in the rain so I did 3)