Over the last two months I’ve dropped off of running, more or less. Hard to believe I actually ran a 13.1 mile race back in May, right? Needing a long term goal, I signed up for Grete’s Great Gallop, a half marathon in October. October 5th, to be exact. A great time of year in Central Park. Plus, it’s a course that I love.
My training plan is simple: we’re about 9 weeks out, so I started at 4 miles, last week, and am adding a mile each week until the week before, when I’ll drop down to 7 or 8. I’m also going to try to work on speed in some of my runs, and hopefully carve a little bit off my time. I’m aiming for 3-4 workouts a week (which is something I didn’t necessarily do last time I was training). My goal is to be better prepared than I was for the Brooklyn Half.
Last week was my first official of training, and it was incredibly difficult. All three days were hot, humid, and I had a stroller. I also wasn’t expecting the changes in Cleo; back in the spring she would sit or sleep in the stroller for an hour or more on my long runs. Not so much any more. She’s a toddler, and behaves as such. Snacks flying, arms flailing – a full out toddler. I’m realizing I’ll need to adjust my training plans accordingly, and distance may not necessarily be a possibility with my tiny partner.
And there’s nothing really great about the glory if you don’t have a climb, anyways.