Monday, November 28, 2011

Half Marathon Mondays

Hubs and I are signing up for a Half Marathon. Yep, that's 13.1 miles. I have to admit, I was really nervous about telling y'all about doing it. We can't back out now.

Let's rewind to October of 2010. I was out of shape and over weight (more on this at a later date). I couldn't even run 1/2 of a mile. I'm serious. It wasn't pretty - as a matter of fact it was pretty pathetic. We had been concentrating on our jobs and working on the house for so long, that I had completely neglected myself.

In November, Hubs and I decided to join a gym.

In February, I decided I wanted to try running. I didn't know where to begin. Finally someone told me about a program called C25K or Couch to 5K. This program makes runners out of couch potatoes. It definitely worked. Within 9 weeks, I was running 3 miles - it was a slow 3 miles, but 3 miles just the same - further than I have ever run before.

After those initial 9 weeks, I set a goal that I wanted to run 5 miles. Hubs and I decided to take a running class at our gym. This class was amazing. It takes place 3 or 4 times a week in our cardio theater (Yes, you read that correctly. We have a theater in our gym with treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals). The teacher plays music videos on the screen and she tells you when to run, leads you through sprints, and instructs you when to adjust your incline. With weeks, I was consistently running 4 1/2 to 5 miles within the hour... and actually had fun while doing it.

I guess you could say that I was bitten by the running bug - and at that point, we made the decision that we would do a half marathon. I looked at several of the half marathon training programs online and decided I needed to train to train - ha! I needed to be able to run 30 - 60 minutes four times a week, covering approximately 20 miles a week.

And now I do. It's amazing to think of where I was exactly a year ago.

On February 4th, Kevin and I will be running our FIRST Half Marathon, the Critz Tybee on Tybee Island, outside of Savannah.

We are currently in our third week of Half Marathon training. We are using Hal Higdon's Novice 2 program. The furthest we have ever run is 8.5 miles, and we were struggling. This program should be able to condition us to be able to run further.

Every Monday, until Race day, I will give you an update on how the training goes as well as the trials and tribulations that come along with it. In just 12 weeks, we will run over 214 miles. I know at some point I am going to want to quit - but I can't... I've told you about it now.

Don't worry, we are still working on the house, but we realized that can't be our whole life. If anyone else out there is training, let me know! I need training buddies. Hope y'all have a great day. Talk soon, friends!

Brandi Nell


Kori said...

This is awesome honey! You should be so proud of yourself! You inspire me! Kori xoxo

Ruth said...

Way to go!! I am proud of you both. I am going to use this to inspire me to get back in the gym. no running for me as my knees are already bad.

KatieB. said...

So proud of you!! You are such an inspiration!

Tamika D. said...

Congrats on your fitness goals! Doesn't it feel great to do something you never thought you would do?! I hope to start running again soon. I have a not-so-sweet ankle that gives me trouble from time to time. Keep up the great work!

Victoria said...

You will do great! Can't wait to meet you :) Train smart, run hard!

Tammy H. said...

OMG! Brandi! I was doing a Google search for blogs about the Tybee half and came across your blog. I looked at your pic and thought,"That girl looks an awful lot like Brittney." Then I realized it was you! I am doing the Tybee half also. Too funny! This is Tammy Sweeney from Vidalia, by the way. :)