A year ago I started running because I felt like my life was a little stagnant. Life was great, I was working full time, meeting up for beers with my boyfriend after work, other friends would usually join us. Even though my life was so good and full, I felt stagnant. I was having a great time but I was leaving several goals on the table. There was no progression with my desires to finish my degree or start a family. I still had debt I wanted to pay off. My work life felt almost boring! I love my job but I needed more in my life. It was time for a change. So, I started running!
Over the last year I have found that running is something I can do for me. I run because after a fun I feel accomplished. Maybe I'm not the fastest one out there but I'm still out there. A year later I still love running. Allergies might try to defeat me but I press on!
Is my life where I want it to be? That is a debate in my brain. Life is good right now. Yet I'm turning another year older and it is time to re-evaluate and readjust my goals.
In the last year I have1. Started going back to school. 2. I ran a 5K race 3. My car is now in my name and other debts are lower-- this is all great progress!
There are other little accomplishments but these are the top 3 I can think of. What will my 27th year look like? I have some major plans! One plan is I am going to run at least one half marathon before May 2013. I am going to take summer term off and build up my running time. By the end of the summer--maybe September-- I will run a half marathon. Maybe by next spring or summer I can reach the marathon level!
This is the plan I will use to guide my progress: http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51132/Half-Marathon-Intermediate-Training-Program
I will start with a mutated version of Hal Higdon's Novice 2 and his Intermediate plan until I am done with spring term. Once spring term is complete the hard core training begins!
Higdon's training plan will challenge me to increase my strength level. I'm already at the point where I can run 20 miles a week as long as I have time, now I need to increase my strength, speed and endurance.
My spring and summer will be focused on my favorite hobbies, running and gardening!
Time to pick few more 5K races and a 10K race I think!