I love a good challenge!
What other reason do I need to become fitter and rid myself of excess energy?
If the truth is told, there are a few.
The most delightful reason is the surge of endorphins from getting out and about exercising. Be warned achieving goals and becoming fitter is addictive. Not least of all is the ability to indulge in a sweet treat or two after a good training session, I didn’t say I was perfect.
When did I start training and competing?
I needed to lose weight.
I needed to be healthier and fitter.
I needed a challenge.
By the end of my 10th Half Marathon, I had reduced my time down to 2 hours 45 minutes.
Training for a Half Marathon, whether you are walking or running, will consist of much the same content. You know how it goes; run/walk for a given period or distance, increasing the intensity and duration over time. Essential to remember at the start of your training to increase kilometres at a slow pace.
Do commit time to stretching before and after a workout.
Throw in some cross-training, and you have a basic formula for a training program. Each training program will be different for everyone. Get assistance from a qualified trainer and medical professional if you are just starting out.
A wise man once advised me, REST DAYS ARE AS IMPORTANT AS TRAINING DAYS and he was right!.
Keep a record of your training. Or buy yourself a GPS watch, they are great gadgets to have, and I now can’t be without mine. Research the best areas to run/walk.
Never miss your long-distance training day, a weekend day seems to suit most people.
The variation in the training programs comes with your own schedule, goals and directly relates to the intensity you wish to train. For my first one, finishing it was my only goal. The subsequent ones my goals went up a notch, and so did my competitive streak. I wanted to finish below my previous time. I achieved that goal.
What’s happening NOW?
I was to compete in this years Taupo Half Marathon which is in August and would’ve been my 11th Half Marathon and my third competing in Taupo.
Last month I pulled out.
One of the main reasons was that my head wasn’t focussed on my training, even though I am still exercising every day, the energy and focus that was needed to achieve another half marathon just didn’t seem relevant or important. Nothing much does at the moment only to spend time with the Squire. To family and friends that want to join us in our adventures? More the merrier.
As you know, we now have limited time together, and my energy would be far more productive organising fun things to do together. Such as a trip over to the Tropical North of Queensland for a longish roadtrip in a few days.
Best of all, I will be celebrating another road trip challenge with my biggest supporter and best mate, the Squire. What more could a girl ask for in life?
In sharing this post, it will hopefully inspire someone to take on a challenge that has been on their “to-do-list”, and I would love to hear about it.
What’s your next challenge?