Half Marathoning…Again

I’ve run exactly one race. For the vast majority of my life, I took the saying “If I’m running, you should run too because something is chasing me” as a mantra. I didn’t run at all. Then, last January I decided – for reasons that are still unclear – that I wanted to set a goal to run a half marathon. Not a 5k. Not a 10k. Not even the local .5k (where they give you donuts and you jog one city block, basically. I’d never run for anything other than the bus, but I decided that for my first race, I was going to run a half marathon.

And I did it! Granted, I had blisters the size of golf balls on my instep for a month and a half, and I basically couldn’t move for the rest of the weekend, but I did it.

And almost immediately afterwards, I decided I’d probably never do it again.

I’m a liar, apparently.

I don’t know what compelled me to not only agree to another half marathon but, I think, to actually suggest running another one, but while working out with one of my coworkers, I definitely suggested running another one this fall. I blame the endorphins.

Anyway, I started the Aaptiv half marathon training program yesterday. I’d used it for 9 days last time, but then I went on vacation and wasted too much time in the run-up to the half so I did a truncated training program that was definitely designed for a runner with a little bit more experience than I had.

I did surprisingly well yesterday. I’ve been working out since my half, but I haven’t run consistently. Still, I managed to match my pace from the half. I even went a little bit faster than I did while training last year. The trainer, Rochelle, tells runners to jog and then go into their “tempo” pace, but since I’m still a novice – and I’m carrying around extra weight that makes running somewhat more difficult – my “tempo” pace is a jog. It’s a twelve week long course, and the half marathon won’t be before October, so I’ll be able to go through it completely twice. We were planning on the Colorado Springs Half Marathon, but apparently Colorado Springs discounts the possibility that Jews want to participate – it’s on Yom Kippur this year, and I’m barely a runner when I’m well nourished, I certainly wouldn’t do well without food or drink.

So, October or November (the Denver Rock n Roll Half is in November) it is. I’m going to try to keep as close to the running schedule Aaptiv lays out as possible. And I’m going to use tons of baby powder so I can avoid blisters, if possible.

I make interesting decisions.













A New Start

It’s been a while since I felt compelled to keep a blog. I haven’t had that much that I wanted to write about, or at least not much that I thought other people would be interested in reading.

But, I have a thing or two happening in my life these days, and I think the best way to keep myself honest – and potentially help or motivate some other people out there – is to document the craziness. It may help me maintain my sanity.

First things first (and most important): I’m getting married! My fiance Michael proposed in an adorable cafe in a beautiful village on the coast on a glorious surprise trip to Italy. It was incredible, and I’ll definitely get around to sharing pictures of that trip on here soon.

Part and parcel with an engagement, of course, is a wedding, which we’re planning to have in wine country (USA) in September. That’s…not long from now.

Deep breaths…

We are lucky enough that we’re able to hire a wedding planner. We just finalized that this week, and I already feel 10 pounds lighter. It’ll definitely still be stressful, making sure everything is just so, but having someone keep track of all the details that would definitely slip my mind is a huge relief.

Plus, I have enough actual weight of my own to lose, I don’t need any additional wedding weight, you know?

Which brings me to my other reason for starting this little blogging adventure. I need somewhere I can talk about my workouts, my delicious new healthy recipes and, sometimes – okay most of the time – how badly I’m craving a candy bar or a bagel. I’m doing well. I’ve found a workout I absolutely love, and I’ve gotten creative about eating food that’s healthy and delicious. But it’s a process, you know?

I’ll spend the rest of the time on this blog aggressively daydreaming about all the places I’d travel to nonstop if I didn’t have a job that was tethered to this particular geographic location. The mister and I love traveling, so I figure there’s no harm in planning trips well in advance of taking them. Or, perhaps, planning trips regardless of whether or not we ever take them at all.