My longest run was 7 miles, and that was about a month ago. It was on the treadmill and something inside me died a little. Until that run, I was pretty much on top of the training schedule. But it was freezing outside and the thought of spending one. more. mile. on that treadmill was miserable and it just didn't happen. For like, 3 weeks. And then the weather started to warm up and I started taking walks with my dog and that's basically where I'm at with my "training."
I have a million excuses about why I hate running (and why this will be my one and only half marathon), not the least of which involve enormous, bone-wrenching growth spurts as a kid that have resulted in half-functional joints and vertebrae as a 20-something adult. I'll probably eat these words, but if I should have the chance to put my growing kid in year-round, competitive sports, that'll be a big HELL NO. Especially if she's growing a foot a year. Those bones and tendons and ligaments need some time to figure out their purpose before they're completely pushed to the max.
However, I can't go back and change it so I've tried to work with my body to keep it capable. This should include a much more intensive stretching routine, a bazillion times more core and overall strength training, and some non-jarring cardio like a bike or swimming. Help me make it through this half marathon, which I now feel comfortable telling you, at a 15 minute mile pace. I don't want my body to die.
But then, maybe in May? We can chat about some yoga and/or pilates, some alternate forms of cardio, and some intentional core building that supports your frame the way a healthy lower back wouldn't need it to.
Is this still considered a post about training?
UPDATE: THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF ST JUDE THROUGH THIS HALF. I've heard from many of you that you'd still love to donate and which states do I have left? My map is woefully behind the times, but you can find it here. If you've claimed a state that I haven't marked yet, please let me know so I can get that puppy up-to-date. :) Thanks a mil!