So this is going to be a weekly post including everything about whats happened this week with me and my half marathon training. As I type this I have just returned from my longest ever run, 4.5 miles. Now considering less than a month ago I couldn't even run 5 minutes without quite literally throwing up, I think this is an amazing achievement. I am so unbelievably proud of myself that no words could do it justice.
My Training Schedule.
So first things first, my training schedule. I have uploaded it to Google Docs so that you can view it and download it. You can find it here.
Monitoring my Performance.
I've been using my iPhone and the Nike Plus GPS App to track my runs. I'm hoping to get an actual Nike Plus Wristband in a couple of weeks, but for now this will do. Its easy to use and relatively cheap from the App store. You can get it and find out more about it here or download it straight from the App store to your phone.
I feel fantastic. I never ever thought it would be possible a few weeks ago that I could run 40 minutes straight, and today I did. You should never underestimate your ability to change yourself. I feel like a superhero after I've finished a run. At the start of one of my longer runs I always think, how the hell am I going to get through this, but you know what I always manage to. I'm not saying it isn't without great difficulty. Sometimes I've been running for 10 minutes and I'll be thinking I can't do it I can't do it, but then I turn it around and mentally say to myself Yes you can do it Kelly, its simple just keep on running! And it works!! I've been doing the majority of my training on a treadmill, simply to build my fitness up first because running outside is much harder. I plan on alternating my runs as of next week with indoor and outdoor training. Also a special shout out to all of the Team Bangs on the Run 2 ladies, I had the chance to meet most of them last week and I can confirm that they are all absolutely lovely. I definitely couldn't do this without their and your ongoing support and words of encouragement.
Make sure to check back for next weeks post where I'll be including my current running playlist for you to have a listen to. At the moment music is crucial for me and my training as it really motivates me to keep going.