I haven't posted about much of my half-marathon training because I really felt that I didn't have much to share.
There are a TON of running blogs out there on the interwebs. Bloggers who are raking up some serious mileage while training for marathons, ultras, IronMan, and more.
I felt like maybe I didn't have anything to contribute.
But then as October drew to a close and I took a look at my half-marathon training for the month, I said to myself "Jenny, you did good. You did real good. You should share this."
I've run two half marathons in the past. After my last one, Gasparilla 1/2 Marathon 2013, I injured myself. I did not follow a training plan, I just went for it. Bad mistake.
And then after the CrossFit Games 2014, I further injured myself, so running is totally out for me right now while I allow my body the chance to recover.
The idea of WALKING a half-marathon never really entered my mind until fellow Enell Ambassador, Heather of Yummy Sushi Pajamas commented that she was going to be walking the Holiday Halfathon in December.
Say what? Walking? I can walk. I love to walk. And I offered to join her! She loved the idea, and then I quickly recruited a fellow CrossFit En Fuego Mom who was interested in walking a half-marathon too, and she became my training partner.
We decided to follow the Hal Higdon training plan and started on September 15, 2014.
We did switch the days around for our long walk. The plan calls for the long walk on Sunday, but we both have families, so our long walk day is on Thursday. All of the other days we walk right after our CrossFit WOD. And since we're both pretty fit, we didn't need to adjust any of the walking times or mileage. If you are new to fitness, you can adjust the plan to make the training weeks LONGER so that you feel more prepared.
It didn't really hit me that we were putting some serious miles on our feet until I saw my distance for the month of October.
For the month of October we walked 25 times, for a total of 72 MILES!! We were both floored!!
Then I decided to see what my Polar Loop had to say about total steps!
My Loop tracked 541,340 steps and converted those steps in to miles for a total of 205.95 miles!
And then I decided to look at the data from our 6 mile walk and compare it to our 7 mile walk.
Without even trying, we're getting FASTER!!
Sure, it's only 15 seconds per mile, but it's progress!!
This week we'll go for 8 miles! Oof.
I need some new shoes badly. The experts say that you should get new shoes every 500 miles. I certainly have more than 500 miles on my current Brooks, so it's time to go shopping this week.
So there you have it.
Walking a half-marathon is totally do-able. I'm enjoying the training immensely, and have a great training partner that makes the miles fly by!
Have you ever WALKED a half-marathon?