Saturday, December 09, 2006

Found it!

I ran across the novice half-marathon training schedule I had printed out in September. And then, because I can't let well enough alone and because Google is my friend, I found another, longer training schedule and printed it out as well.

The second version, once you click on the "print this schedule out" link, gives you a lovely, formatted schedule where you can check off each item once you've done it. That appeals to my compulsive side.

There are some major differences in each program, however, and I'm going to have to evaluate and play around with them to get something that works for me.

The first one, which we'll call Hal's [because that's whose it is], has a rest day, a 'stretch and strengthen' day and another day with strength training and a run. The second plan, which we'll call Oprah's [because it's on her website], has no rest days – it's Oprah's, go figure, does she ever rest? – and no strength- or flexibility-training, but has you doing 45 crunches every day. Hal's plan is 12 weeks; Oprah's is 18.

The Shrinking Knitter's will be a combination of both. I like 18 weeks instead of 12. The half-marathon I'm considering running is 20 weeks from today, so I could start the 18-week plan in early January and end it on race day. I like having a built-in rest day, but Hal rests on Friday, which is usually [not yesterday] one of my better exercise days.

I like that Hal has strength and stretch days, but I also like the consistency of running every day. I'll have to think more about all this and come up with something reasonable, effective and motivating.

I'm not even sure I'm going to do the race. Mr. Shrinking Knitter is not keen on the idea, having had both a friend and a patient suffer heart attacks the day after running marathons. Telling him this is only a half doesn't do much good; he's more aware of my age and limitations than I am. Telling him the oldest woman in the New York City marathon was 78 doesn't do much good, either. I think he's afraid if something happened to me he'd have to learn how to make coffee. Heh.

My IBS has been an 'issue' this week, so exercise has been almost nil. Yesterday I felt pretty good and got on the treadmill, ready to run three miles. After only one, I was wiped out! I gave myself credit for doing something and quit. Usually I would force myself to keep on keepin' on, simply because I'd changed into running clothes and worked up a sweat and why settle for only 15 minutes? [I sometimes can't quite believe that I used to run a nine-minute mile.] But after four slow laps I was done.

Food was almost perfect yesterday. Slightly under my calorie target, no sugar, only 15% fat. But only 20% protein. It was a carb-heavy day, but the carbs were clementines, black beans and a whole-wheat bagel.

At the end of the day, like yesterday's quote, I was supremely satisfied. I hope you were, too.

Haven't updated the knitting progress in a while. I think maybe tomorrow there will be a photo of a finished cardigan! That would truly be supremely satisfying.


M@rla said...

I haven't been running long, but it's enough that I have noticed one definite pattern: you need happy bowels to run. Every time I've had a BRD it's been bowel-related. That's all the detail I'm going into.

Jeannie Crockett said...

Debi, you have inspired me. I'm starting the half marathon training on the 8th of January. Sadly, my half marathon might be walking not running---but it is the distance that's important, too. I do enjoy reading your blog. Jeannie

Greta said...

I think that a goal such as doing a half-marathon is a great motivator for eating right & exercise whether you end up doing it or not doing it.

For Dr. Shrinking Knitter: A half marathon is a WAY different race than a full marathon. I did a full marathon in my 30's & did terrifically well until I got to about the 18-20 mile mark and then my legs turned to cement. It's physically a totally different situation at half the distance because you aren't using up every last bit of glucose in the muscles at the half distance. If you are really worried though, why not try a 10K first or instead?

I remember hearing recently about a study on the effect on the heart from running a marathon. You might be able to find it. However, once again a half-marathon is only related to a marathon by the word marathon. They are WAY different.