Week 1 of my “training” for the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon is complete. Sort of.
It was sometime last month when it dawned on me that I was set to run 13.1 miles in about four months. More like hit me in a the form of a mini-anxiety attack. I was not working out consistently ever since my Napa Valley 5k run in March. When work settled down and the weather grew sunny, I started to picked up running again in May. It dismayed me to realize that it’s not the same as riding a bike. If you don’t use it, you lose it. The collapsing of my lungs and legs by Mile 2 proved it.
So when June rolled around, I was determined to get back in the game. I had about 15 weeks until October 4th (HM- half marathon day). I read Runner’s World articles, asked runner friends for advice, and even swallowed my pride to ask J for his guidance. I was ready to TRAIN. Sort of.
This past week, I decided to use this marathon training schedule as a guide (shared by a good friend, who btw, is also running this HM with me). Let’s just say… even Week 1 was a bit too ambitious for my weak and pathetically-out-of-shape self. Schedule dictates that the weekly total mileage: 13 miles. My total weekly mileage: a pittance 7.5 miles. Gah.
J tells me, as he scarfs down Jack in the Box fries and tacos, “Try not to get so discouraged. Most people think that it should be easy running a certain number just because they did it before. You have to get used to the fact that you’re going to have to retrain just as hard as before.”
I exhale in agreement and nab a few curly fries. After eating three, I resist the urge to indulge in more greasy fried foods (whose idea was it anyway to get fast food? I think J is trying to test me).
Of course, he’s right. Nothing that’s worth achieving comes easy, especially when it comes to staying physically fit. I was just hoping it would be less tiring.
Stay tuned for Week 2.