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So I wasn’t planning on racing again for a really really really long time.  The girls are involved in so many sports that we rarely have a free weekend (like maybe 1 or two a year!) so there’s not a lot of time to train, and races generally interfere with their hockey and fast pitch commitments. 

But then I got a DM on instagram from a local race:

Hey there! Congrats on winning our first Medal Monday giveaway!!!

What?!?  OMG!!! I never win anything!!

So I talked it over with my husband and decided to enter the half marathon distance.  I’m at a point in my fitness (or lack thereof) where running 5km leaves me sore and tired, so I have no other choice but to put together a training program and actually follow it if I’m going to do this race.  

Here’s a few pictures from my first official training run:

I headed over to the park near my work and went for an easy run. My goal was to last 30 minutes because of the Runbet that I’m participating in.  It was fun because I took it easy, but it was also a bit cold out, so cold that the animals at the petting zoo in the park were given blankets to wear to keep them warm!  

As I mentioned earlier, my next step is to put together a 16 week half marathon training plan.  I usually run only 3 or 4 times a week when I’m training for something, but this time I’m looking to up it to 5 times a week, perhaps I’ll run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.  I may even throw some strength training in, but I’m not sure when or where – perhaps Wednesdays?  

Question:

Are you training for any races?  Do you have a favourite half marathon training plan? How many times a week do you run?

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I work, I run, I have three daughters. Coffee keep me going until it's wine time. Running keeps me sane.