Mickey Marathon Update

On March 9, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

I haven’t done an update in a few weeks or so, but it’s because I’ve been trying to work out some plans in my head. And several of you (Kaitlin, Michelle..) can attest to the fact that my head can be a scary place to be sometimes. (Hush, no details.)

That sticker you see up there? Or one very much like it? WILL BE MINE.

I am just stubborn enough that I will get it, or die trying. Especially since I know a few people expect me to fail. So just to spite them, I will succeed.

And I’m not alone. I’ve gotten a few others interested in doing either a half-marathon or a 5k — either with me at Disney or where they live if they can’t get to Disney in November. And it’s fantastic.

I’ve been looking online for training programs for half-marathons because I am an obsessive planner. I’m compulsive about it to a fault. My husband will tell you that if I have a plan and it doesn’t go just right? It can ruin my entire outlook on everything around that. I’m getting better about it, but it’s just the way I am. And while Jeff Galloway is THE GUY for Disney Run, his training is for 22-23 weeks out.

I’m 35 weeks out. Or so. And I don’t want to wait. Because if I do, then I won’t have the momentum. And that’s bad for my personality as well. I’m obsessive-compulsive. How do you think I got fat in the first place?

Also, most of these plans have requirements that a mostly-still-fat girl who sorta-can-run-but-not-really doesn’t meet. Like “this plan is for a runner who can run without stopping for 30 minutes.” Well. I can do intervals at 4/4.5 mph for an hour.. does that count? Or “this plan is for runners who consistently run 15-20 miles per week.” I do that, just not really in your definition of “run” perhaps.. And even “do 3 miles in 30 minutes”  Uh, a 10 minute mile? On a “beginner’s” training program? No. How about a 14:45 mile on a really good day this early in my training?

So looking at “plans” has been somewhat an exercise in “how to make this work for me” — which honestly isn’t that different compared to nutrition in our subset considering so much is a game for us. But this is new territory for me, and it’s a bit daunting.

But I did finally find a 12 week plan for completing a half-marathon to work on until the Bariatric Guru Wine and Dine crew start working on their training together, and then I’ll look at what they start to do. I can modify this plan a bit, I think, to get me what I need to help build up my endurance (which is my weakest point at this point in time) and lose excess weight (which is something I really need to do.. I regained more than I’d really like to admit after I stopped running last time).

Y’all also have to remember that I have a trip to Disney in mid-June to celebrate Kaitlin’s 6th birthday (and I’m still trying to figure out how to tell her and Daniel that one of their favorite characters is not going to be there), then a 5-6 week trip across the ocean to the land of Vikings. Training during this time will be the most challenging, I think.

Also keep in mind that I practice a martial art called Aikido. It’s not cardio intensive except for about 30 minutes at the beginning. It can be intense, though, and I’ve come home with bruises, aches, pains.. In fact, I have quite the bruise on my knee right now..

So my training for now is based off of a plan I got from here and will modify as I need to through the weeks ahead -

  • Sunday:  rest; some will have Aikido as we get ready for belt testing
  • Monday:  running – 4wks @ 3mi, 2@ 4mi, 1@ 5mi, 1 @ 4mi, 1 @5mi, 1 @4mi, 2 @ 3mi; Aikido for 2 hours
  • Tuesday: cross-train 30-45 minutes
  • Wednesday: running – same schedule as above (no Aikido)
  • Thursday: cross-train 30-50 minutes
  • Friday: rest; Aikido 2 hours
  • Saturday: distance-work – 4, 5, 6, 7, 4, 8, 9, 6, 10, 7, 6, 13.1 miles

At some point, I will be doing a 10k in here. It’ll be on a Saturday, so it will count as my distance work. I just don’t know which one it will be.

So that’s where I am right now with my planning. I’m sure it will change in a few weeks, but that’s how it goes.

I’ll probably start wearing my GoWear Fit again because I notice I do better when I have it on. I just need to get it charged and put it on. It’s a good thing to have on because it keeps me focused on things I need to do (and maybe keep me from picking up those damned Cadburry eggs in the gas stations.. damn them!) to keep me on track. Also, it would be interesting to see what my sleep pattern looks like these days.
The Wine and Dine will be a fundraiser for the WLSFA, but in the process of raising funds, there will be an opportunity to help people who want to come down to run either the 5k or half to do so at a lower cost. If you’re interested in doing so, PLEASE let me know so we can figure out a way to try and help you come with us. The more of us that train together and encourage each other, the better we all will do because no matter what – 13 miles will be a big accomplishment. And dammit – we all deserve it after fighting obesity for so long.


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3 Responses to “Mickey Marathon Update”

  1. Julie says:

    I will succeed just to spite the haters??? I love it!! Kickin ass and taking name!!!

  2. MacMadame says:

    Good heavens, why would anyone think you would fail? That’s just silly!

  3. Kathryn says:

    Newby here….just found this BMI site. Have read almost everything and it is awesome.
    Have gout in my knee, running is not an option right now. I know you will all do great.
    Have not had my surgery yet…any help welcomed.

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