training for the october half
Once I got out of the hospital and off of the oxygen my goal for the year was to finish the october half marathon. Of course, when I was discharged from the hospital I wasn’t quite able to walk fifteen feet without being drenched in sweat and out of breath.
The idea of running thirteen miles seemed like a pipe dream.
I knew I needed a plan and a way to keep me on track.
I’ve been following a somewhat specific training plan; mixing my running/jogging with walking. Trying to hit all of the major milestones to get me to the finish line. This program has me working fairly hard, training to get my mileage and my lungs back up to capacity. Following this training program I have found that each run gets easier and easier.
To keep me motivated I use Nikeplus. It’s a great program that I installed on my phone, it provides ample information as I log my miles, and helps provide motivation. Not only can I get cheers from friends, but I also earn virtual “trophies” from Nike.
One of the first things I do in the morning is to check the progress I’ve made on Nikeplus and then check to see what my training goal is for the day. Granted there are days that I skip my suggested training, but reviewing the site every day helps remind me that the half marathon is right up around the corner.
In August I’ve ran a total of 39 miles with an average pace of 13’41″ and I have burned a total of 4,566 calories. The one thing I have to try and research is the average heart rate. I run with a Polar fitness watch, but it doesn’t seem to integrate with my Galaxy Nexus and the Running app.
The other nice thing about the app and the webpage is that it tracks your individual runs as well. Do you want to know your pace, while running up hill? The app integrates in with a mapping program to show you your pace with the elevation. Want to know where and when you’re slow, the app shows you on the map. It’s probably not the most useful information for professional runners; but, for those of us doing this as a hobby and a way to get back into the game I’ve found the app to be invaluable.
When I ran my first half in 2009 I crossed the finish line at 3:01:44 which was a 13’55″ mile. It was a challenge and I knew I was slow, but I felt accomplished. I set out to do something I had never done before and in my mind I succeed. I have been recording all of these statistics to help get me to the finish line faster.
It doesn’t matter to me if I cross the finish line with a second faster pace or a ten second faster pace. I will have crossed the finish line faster than my first half. I will feel like I have recovered fully from my extended stint in the hospital and it’s the confidence boost I’m in desperate need of right now.