As I get ready to start a 12-week Half-Marathon training next week, I am getting more excited about it. I have already visualized myself, at a race, during the race and finishing the race, all with a smile on my face and proud sweat.
As I look at my 12-week training plan, I’m ready for the challenges it brings, some weeks will be easier than others, but I’m confident that the training plan will get me where I need to be in order to finish a half marathon.
At the moment, I haven’t signed up for any half-marathons yet, but even if I don’t run a particular race, I WILL run 13.1 miles once I finish my 12-week training. That’s my goal, whether I’m at a race with a few hundred people, or at Central Park running the loop twice.
There is a particular half marathon that I am looking forward to, but it’s not until October, and that is the NWM San Francisco. This race is for half marathon and full marathon, but if I plan to run it this year, I would focus on the half and do the full marathon next year.
I’ve heard some downsides about the San Francisco Nike Women’s Marathon, but I don’t let that discourage me, I’m focused. I know the hills are the main downside and many runners try to stay away from this race because of the hills, I am looking for ways to tackle those hills by training.
As I research on ways to train for the hills in San Francisco, I came across this article on Self.com on 7 Treadmill Workouts For All Levels as well as this fantastic FitSugar article on Treamill Hill Workout: Rolling Hills which I know, it’s going to get me ready for those San Francisco hills.
I plan to include the treadmill workout above in my running schedule, this way I can tackle those hills when the time comes.
In the meantime, I am looking at other half marathons races I can do this year, either in my hometown, or away from home, it’s always good to keep your options open.
Next week I’ll share some tips on how I am staying motivated when it comes to running, because like I mentioned in my previous post, we all know how much I hate (or hated) running. So stay tuned.