So, I’m doing the Disney Family Fun Run during the Princess Half Marathon Weekend next month. The Fun Run (which kind of seems like an oxymoron) is just a 5K, but you’re still required to keep a certain pace. And since I’ll be running with my sister and nieces (who are all much more fit than I), I just need to make sure I don’t embarrass myself overmuch.
Hence Week One of training.
So far, it hasn’t been bad. I found a training regiment that I like, one that fits my comfort zone. My sister suggested I check out Hal Higdon‘s training programs, but even his novice 5K program seemed a little aggressive to me. (My friend Theresa stifled a laugh when she saw the word “novice” on the top of the training schedule. She’s got quite a few half-marathons under her belt already, so she’s allowed.)
Anyway, this C25K (Couch to 5K) schedule isn’t terribly difficult. It’s just 3 days a week (I’ve chosen Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) and so far involves alternating intervals of walking and running. I trained (“ran” sounds so misleading since I really walked most of it) Monday after work but discovered to my dismay yesterday that I clearly did not stretch enough either before or after (or both) because my muscles were sore. So last night, I was careful to stretch before bed, and I diligently stretched this morning (and after!) before my 4:30 session.
I will still remember to bring ice packs to work. And I really ought to memorize a quick 15-minute yoga routine.
But the important part is that I did it and I feel really good about it. And since I got it out of the way super early this morning, I don’t have to worry about it again until Friday.
One of two things will likely happen at the end of next month’s Family Fun Run: I will either decide I love running and will not want to stop or I will never want to see another pair of running shoes again.