All right, I'm committed to running the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon next year. I haven't paid the registration fee yet, but mentally I'm there. It's a 13.1 mile, uphill-for-8-miles course I am currently totally intimidated by. I'm scared for the following reasons:
1. The longest I've ever run so far is 7.5 miles.
2. The longest race I've ever run is 6.2 miles.
3. One guy died last year after this race.
4. I still weigh 219 lbs. (but I used to be 260!), and I would need to get to 200 or under to handle the distance.
However, I'm optimistic for the following reasons:
1. I have 8 months to train, and I have found a training regiment that is only 12 weeks long (assuming I run about 20 miles a week average before starting the regiment).
2. I should be able to lose 20 lbs. in 8 months. It'll be sweet to get out of the "Clydesdale B" category!
3. The guy who died probably didn't train very well.
4. 5570 other people who did the half didn't die.
I will keep you posted on how training is going. I'm sure there will be highs and lows to share.
This is going to be a huge accomplishment for me, considering I've been a runner only one year and two months.
Here's my training update for August:
Current Weight: 219
Pounds to Goal Weight: 24
Miles Run This Month: 63.2
Miles Run This Year: 406.1
Days Until Go Time: 247
That's it for now. I'll keep you posted once a month until the time gets closer (like in March). Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to go run. . . .