Biting off more than you can chew

In an effort to justify the blog title ‘I’m running aren’t I?’, I have officially taken the plunge and signed up for a 12km race in August.

Oh yeah, I’m running.

So I found the Hal Higdon 10k novice training plan and I kicked off week one today:

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I believe I was meant to do that run in 25 minutes. Ahhh…fail. It appears I won’t be making any speed records at the 12km run in August. It was right about then that I realised that I might just be biting off a little more than I can chew. Is there any chance I can finish 12km? Probably. Is there any chance I’ll run the whole 12km? I doubt it. Is it worth worrying about times and all that technical stuff just yet? I have no freakin’ idea!

See, I live in a reasonably small town and there aren’t too many race options throughout the year. In fact, the race I’ve signed up for is the inaugural marathon/half marathon/12k race in town (exciting!). I don’t really have the option of doing a 5k and building up to 10k, then 12k and so on. I figure I’ll just do the best I can, run as much as possible, walk when I need to, and aim just to finish. If that goes well, perhaps I can look at travelling to races- not an easy feat when the city is 6 hours away! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…

Here’s the problems with running that have arisen so far, in no particular order:
1. I have to get up earrrrrrrly. When Mr L (that gorgeous little son of mine) wakes me at 5am to advise that the tooth fairy did in fact come last night, and I then have to re-get to sleep and get up again at 6..meh.
2. It’s fast becoming wintery in the ol Southern Hemisphere. Translation: it’s getting chilly. I picked a good time to kick off this little goal of mine! In saying that, summer is 40+ degrees in my neck of the woods (desert y’all!) so it’s probably never a great time.
3. Everything I read about running is in miles. No biggie, online conversion is a wonderful thing that we are blessed with. Perhaps I need to look for some Aussies..recommendations anyone?
4. I got chased by a dog. Already. Day one of the plan and a freakin’ dog rushed me, bared teeth and growling and all, of course followed by the owner that ‘is so sorry’ because ‘he never acts like that’ and ‘I just had to go inside to get something and there’s normally no one around’. I did my most pained half-smile and said that the last time someone said that to me I got bitten by a dog. Not true AT ALL, but neither was her BS story so we’re even right? 😉

Here’s some awesome things about running:
1. A bit of early morning swagger…a bit of ‘I’m so awesome’ self-talk in the AM is good for the soul. Even that little run gives you a little pep in your step, and that’s no bad thing.
2. Sweet threads like these:

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Why do awesome exercise clothes always make you feel much more competent at your chosen exercise? Ok, these tights are a tad ridiculous but I won’t get hit by a car that didn’t see me, right? Say hi to the Wonder Dog too, he’s a sensational photo lurker so expect to see him more.
3. Listening to super podcasts uninterrupted. Ahhh such a small pleasure! Today is was listening to Grantland pop culture podcast ‘The Right Reasons’ . It’s all about reality tv and is SO GOOD and so funny.

Tomorrow, I have personal training at the gym with D. D is his first initial, but I’m fairly certain it also stands for demon..devil..etc. He hurts me. Sadist. Hal says cross train, so cross train I will! I should also weigh in at some stage, in the interest of full and honest disclosure.

Til then…

xx

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