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How To Train For Something Crazy

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So what’s my plan in all this? Glad you asked. I’ve put together a training schedule that involves 5 training day and 2 rest days each week. I’ll do a long run once a week to increase my endurance and shorter runs and cross training the other days. Since I usually have Thursdays and Fridays off, I’ve planned those as my more time consuming days of the week. The longest run I plan on doing before the race is 11 miles, which is still going to be rough.

I put my plan together based on a few different plans I’d looked at.  Most had long runs on Saturdays, so I had to swap those for Fridays. Since I’m starting with basically no endurance the idea of actually running over 13 miles before the race was incredibly intimidating, especially because I didn’t want to increase my mileage too quickly and get hurt.

I’m about a week into the schedule at this point. My “long” run for last week was 4 miles, which I managed to do on the treadmill with the distraction of a good episode of Desperate Housewives (Don’t judge, it’s hilarious!).  It’s super helpful to focus on something besides how difficult it is to keep going or how easy it would be to hop off and say forget it.  Another 2 mile run outside reminded me of how much I hate elevation and running on pavement. I think my lungs were burning from lack of oxygen after about a minute, which didn’t make the other 19 or so enjoyable. However, a good playlist did help a bit.  I need to invest in new shoes during this training, which should help with outdoor runs. Anyone have any good shoe suggestions?

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