Half-Marathon, April 18th, Salt Lake City, Utah

Now that my back has healed, or is at least healing, I’m in full training mode for the half-marathon April 18th, 2009, in Salt Lake City, Utah. This was supposed to be my first full marathon, but my disc injury took away 1-2 months of my training and made it impossible. I’m actually lucky to be able to do a half-marathon, considering that after two months of almost no running it was like starting over from scratch. My leg muscles are feeling the strain of going from zero to 13.1 miles in two months, but it feels good to be back on the road.

My wife will be running it with me. That is, we’ll be starting together, then I’ll take off going faster, will get tired and start walking, she’ll pass me, then I’ll start running again, pass her, get tired and walk, she’ll pass me, etc. Well, maybe, I guess we’ll see. But I appear to be doing more walking in my training than she is, although my overall miles are still faster.

I’m doing a three-day-per-week training plan. Two shorter runs, then the long run at the end of the week. This week it was seven miles on Tuesday, five on Thursday, and tomorrow I’ll do nine. Next week I’ll do 7-5-10, then 7-5-11, etc. I’m not sure if it’s the best plan or not, but it will work given the limited time I had between my injury and starting training again. I’m going to be a little more scientific about it when it comes to training for the full marathon.