Hi there, Mrs. 1500 today.
So I turned 46 on Sunday and went out for drinks with a friend the night before. She told me about a half marathon she was considering doing and asked me if I wanted to do it too. Clearly, as indicated by the pictures in this article, I did not get this body by working out. My first reaction was to say no, but upon further reflection, I felt that this would be a good experience for me. Not good as in fun, but good as in I should get my fat ass in shape so I can live longer and be a good role model for my daughters.
Since we are bloggers, of course I have to detail my experiences on this site. I even thought that perhaps some of you might like to join along – if not for the actual race, then for a race near you around the same timeframe. My half marathon is in 6 months and I am doing this 14-week couch to 10K app followed immediately by a 12-week half marathon app.
I found a list of half marathons in my state simply by Googling my state plus half marathons in 2019. I found a site cleverly titled halfmarathons.net which lists tons of races of various lengths. It seems that most half-marathons will have a course set up for 10k as well, in case you’re interested in doing this, but 13.1 miles seems a bit too far.
My main challenges are my weight, my very sedentary status, and the fact that I am a working mother. Regarding the latter, I tend to put everybody else first and my workouts come last or not at all. (Let’s be honest, they aren’t happening.) I had abdominal surgery on August 1st so I am literally starting from zero. Wait, scratch that. I’m actually starting from negative because I just got back from a retreat where breakfast and dinner was buffet style and I consumed enormous quantities of food at every meal. With the exception of the very tail end of my pregnancies, I have never weighed more than I do now.
Mr. 1500 note: I’ll be supporting this effort by making sure that Mrs. 1500 has the time to workout. There will also be a lot of tofu in our future. Finally, I’ll be providing gentle encouragement along the way and joining in for the half-marathon.
I hate running. Every minute I’m doing it, I’m complaining in my head, and thinking of things I like to do more than run, which is pretty much everything. But every time a friend displays a massive weight loss, it’s due to a combination of working out and eating better.
I can certainly eat better. I try to do well, but there is always more room for vegetables. Our oldest daughter is a vegetarian by choice, so having more vegetarian meals will help with that. I’ll keep track of my calorie intake with the free MyFitnessPal app.
- Starting Weight: 180.6 (HUGE thanks to Erin from Brokemillennial.com for the courage to post that in a public space.)
- Week 1 Plan: 3 days – Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
- Week 2 Plan: 3 days – Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
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