It just got real. I am officially training for my first half marathon. Yesterday, I did my first outdoor run. The weather was absolutely glorious for an outdoor run. I live in Canada and, well, it’s winter, so the days of bright sunshine and 10C days are few and far between in February. So, knowing that, I took full advantage of the opportunity. I put on my running shoes, loaded up my playlist on my IPhone and headed out.
Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I haven’t been working out. I’ve been indoors all winter exercising away. But running outside is completely different than running on a treadmill. So, if I’m going to work towards this goal of mine to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February 2021 (and check out the cool medal they give out, gotta admit, I really want one of those!!), then I needed to get started OUTSIDE!
As I am working my way up to the half marathon, I am starting with a 5km race on June 6th and then a 10km race in the fall. Baby steps people. You just don’t go outside on day 1 and run 21 kms! I also have NO IDEA what my current pace is or how long it will even take me to run a 5km distance, never mind 21 kms!!
So Day 1, I downloaded the Runkeeper app. This app is great. It tracks your pace, time, distance and even maps out the route you run with markers. Game changer for me. I now know how fast (slow) I am going and I have a benchmark to measure myself against.
Off I went, music playing, running app tracking me and I now had to figure out how far I could go without over doing it. Since it was my first run, I opted to go with 3 minute run segments followed by a 1 minute walk. I was able to do that comfortably on the treadmill, so I thought that would be a good place to start. The intervals worked great and it did not completely exhaust me nor was it too easy (part of the route was uphill and going against the wind, just for a challenge!!).
So how did I do? Well, I finished my 5kms (3.1 miles) in 42 minutes. Not too bad for the first day out and walking part of the way. My goal is to work on getting that time below 30 minutes total and to run the entire time, only doing a warm up and cool down walk.
I will be running 3 times a week, each week making the running interval a bit longer until I can run the whole distance with no walks.
I would love to hear your running tips! Drop me a comment about things that worked for you.
Amber Dinda is wife, mom of two teenagers and a serial entreprenuer. She has embraced the mid life years as an opportunity to enjoy and explore all that life has to offer and not approach mid life as a crisis. You can follow Amber’s journey and experiences by subscribing to her blog and connecting with her on Facebook or on Instagram.