I started this half marathon training program (above) on July 28th, because my half marathon is October 20th. It's a 12 week program, and there are several runs that I'm supposed to do every week.
However, you know me. I modify things to suit my needs. That's just something that I have figured out is best for me in situations of diet and exercise especially in order to not get too structured. Too much structure with food and exercise = a no-no for someone recovering from EDNOS.
So here's how I've modified this plan to better suit me. First of all, I was giving myself such a hard time for not increasing my running distance.
I started training for a half marathon in January, and gave myself weekly goals to increase my running distance a little bit every week. They were very realistic goals, and I was super excited about it. When I hit my goal, I was exuberant. When I didn't hit that goal, I felt like a failure.
I had started to be too strict about my running. If I couldn't hit that day's goal, I would feel badly about the workout and would be more likely to skip the gym the rest of the week. (It's possible that I still have some leftover all-or-nothing thinking).
Anyway, when I started this half marathon training at the end of July, I decided that I would do so with some modifications.
1) I don't worry about the day of the week. At the beginning of the week, I write down all the distances, and I make sure to hit those goals every week.
|This week's goals |
(on my awesome Buffy calendar)
3) I am taking walking breaks. I realized that I'm really great at running a mile. And I realized that it's okay to take short walking breaks between each mile. I don't think that running 5 miles straight is any more impressive than walking a quarter mile to warm up, running a mile, speed walking a quarter mile, running another mile, speed walking another quarter mile, running another mile, speed walking another quarter mile, running really fast for 3/4 mile, and cooling down for a quarter mile. Seriously, both are 5 miles. And those walking "breaks" help me get through the long distances.
So those are my modifications. I'm still doing the training program, but it's not quite as written.
And I love my walking breaks. Why not run a mile, walk a quarter mile, if that's what gets me to run? It's how I enjoy my running the most, and those running miles add up, eventually to a half marathon. :-)