And so I have successfully completed my first week of training for the Miami Marathon. I ran another four miles this evening for a total of 18 miles this week.
I also joined Miami Beach Fit and went on my first long run (6 miles) on Saturday morning at 6:30am with the group. (I was so nervous that I would oversleep that I woke up at 3am, 4am and 5am before getting out of bed at 5:30 ) Regardless, I had a great run and it was wonderful running along the ocean. I ran from 21st street to 5th street on the beach and then from 21st street to 43rd street and back on the boardwalk. I received a lot of great tips for new sneakers as well as dry-fit clothes that I should be checking out so that I am prepared for the big day and comfortable during my runs.
Maybe it is the excitement of seeing all of those amazing athletes in the Summer Olympic Games or possibly I am just ready for the next challenge. Whatever the reason is, I have decided to start training for my first marathon...
I will begin a formal endurance training program tomorrow morning with Miami Beach Fit at the daunting hour of 6:30 am for a 6 mile run.
Thus far I have run 4 miles on Wednesday night and again the same route this morning. It took me almost an hour to run the 4 mile run on my first night out, which was ok by me, since I only wanted to prove to myself that I could actually run 4 miles without stopping! Although I have been hitting the gym regularly for a year, I have not incorporated a regular running routine to my work-out...ever...and havn't run more than half an hour at a time in years. I felt a little less accomplished when I figured out how long it would take for me to finish an entire marathon at the pace I ran. With that in the back of my head, I completed the 4 miles in 40 minutes this morning.
Let's see what happens tomorrow morning! I already told me husband that it will be his job to make sure I make it out of bed without hitting the snooze button tomorrow...
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