One foot in front of the other

In a van, down by the river.

I’ve been keeping my New Year’s/40th birthday resolution/goal to train for a marathon. Although the big run isn’t until July, I need to get started now. It’s 26.2 miles! What was I thinking?

I signed up and paid for a half marathon in March, to keep me motivated. I did the 10K in Bozeman’s Run to the Pub last year, but this time I’m going 13.1 miles. Sidenote: The Run to the Pub was voted second best 1/2 marathon in the country by Runner’s World magazine. I can’t pass up the second best 1/2 marathon when it’s only 25 miles from my house–that’s less than marathon distance.

Canada geese in a field.

I’m following Hal Higdon’s 1/2 marathon plan for now and will switch over to the marathon plan after the March race. Well, kind of following it. I do his Saturday long runs on the weekend. I have to be realistic here. I hang out with the boys from 6:30 am -6 pm by myself all week and they really don’t keep up on seven mile runs. I don’t dig running in the evening, but maybe once it is light out longer I’ll feel better about it.

For now, it’s the gym during the week. For $29/month I get all the gym time I can handle plus free childcare for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening. So, I do intervals on the treadmill (yuck–hate the treadmill) and lift weights etc. I think it’s working for now. Eventually, I’ll need to run more, but I’ll cross that bridge later.

Fleshman Creek and a snowy trail

It’s going great. I ran seven miles last weekend and felt good. I skipped the six-mile week since there was a high of five degrees or something both days. I need double digits to run. This weekend it was 25 degrees and not windy when I left for my run. It was lovely. It was kind of hot, I had to carry my hat and gloves.

One foot in front of another….

Fleshman Creek

The photos are from my run last weekend.

2 thoughts on “One foot in front of the other

  1. Brynn Dahlquist

    I hear ya! Around here I got side-tracked by the single digits and wind chill as well. The whole family is doing a 10 K in April, then my marathon is in August. The entire thought still seems a bit crazy, but you are right, one foot in front of the other.

  2. Mel Post author

    Maybe we can be virtual training partners, Brynn! And make excuses for each other when it’s too cold and windy 😉

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