Did you know I am a runner too? Just like I call myself a writer 🙂 I haven’t run a marathon or published a book yet. But I’ve been running since 2014 and writing since even before that. Both give me a lot of joy and peace along with being therapeutic. I’m not an athletic person in general and I run away from gyms like they’re the plague. But somehow, I like running. Or well, jogging. Or maybe walking and running..LOL..
Also it helps that running is one of the cheapest and most accessible sport one can take up – yes, running is a sport! yay! And its something I can enjoy solo or in a group too. There are many other reasons I run, but that post will be for another time I think.
Although I’ve been running since all these years, Ive never taken it up a notch. Mostly comfortably sticking to the 5KM distance and maybe one or two 10KM social runs.
Somehow, this year, I wanted to do something to celebrate completing four decades of my life. And no, I’m not planning to run a full marathon, but closer – a half marathon. I reached out to some expert runners I know and asked them for tips to start training. They shared the Hal Higdon training plan for 10KM with me and suggested that I first aim trying to run 10KM in 70 minutes and follow that training. And then start training for the half marathon using his novice training plan.
I’m in week two of the 10KM training plan and so far I’ve managed to stick to it 🙂 Here’s a snapshot of my progress so far:
As an additional effort, I’ve also joined my local running group to train strength and run long distances with them for three days a week, so my husband can go cycling on the other three days. I’m thankful to him for sacrificing his cycling days so I can train for this.
I have two challenges – waking up extremely early in the mornings and being consistent.
I thought writing about my running training progress and its ups and downs will encourage me to stick to it better. Who knows..I’ll check back in soon then! Wish me luck! 🙂