Twelve Weeks of Hell

So tonight, I begin slowly killing myself day by day, mile by mile.

I’m starting a 12 week 10K training schedule for the Cooper River Bridge Run. The race is March 31st and it will be my 5th in a row, I believe, and 6th overall.

I’m using Nike+ to keep track of my progress. It will be nice since I’ve got the chip and sensor for my iPod to keep track of my times, distances, calories, and pace. They’ve got a bunch of other training programs too (5K, half & full marathons, etc), so I’ll be sure to let you guys know how this one goes.

Here’s what the schedule looks like:

  • Week 1: 3 (M, W) and 5 miles (F) – 11 miles total
  • Week 2: 4 (M), hilly 4 (W), and 5 (F) – 13
  • Week 3: 4 (M, W), 2 (T), and hilly 5 (F) – 15
  • Week 4: 5 (M), 2 (T), hilly 4 (W), and 6 (F) – 17
  • Week 5: 5 (M, W), 3 (T), and 6 (F) – 19
  • Week 6: 5 w/ 1 minute intervals after 1-2 miles (M), 3 (T, W), and 6 (F) – 17
  • Week 7: Hilly 5 (M), 3 (T), interval 6 (W), and 7 (F) – 21
  • Week 8: Hilly 5 (M), 3 (T), interval 6 (W), and 7 (F) – 21
  • Week 9: 5 (M), 3 (T), interval 7 (W), and 8 (F) – 23
  • Week 10: Interval 7 (M), 3 (T), 6 (W), and hilly 8 (F) – 24
  • Week 11: Interval 5 (M, W), 3 (T), and 6 (F) – 19
  • Week 12: Interval 4 (M), 3 (W), 2 (Th), and finish with a 10K on Saturday – 15 counting the 10K

So if you’re keeping count at home, that’s 215 miles. Uh, did I tell you I’m crazy?

We’ll see how my foot holds up. I still have problems with it. Depending on my stride, depends on the distance when it starts acting up. If I run on my forefoot, the running’s easier but the foot pain comes sooner. If I run on my heel, my running’s more labored but I can go longer without any issues. No fun!

And because of the foot issue, I think I’ll cut my pace down. For awhile, I had been running at 6 mph (10 minute miles) on the treadmill but I always felt like I was struggling around 2 miles. So I have been running around 5.8 mph and it’s been a pretty comfortable pace. But I typically keep the distance between 2.5 and 3 miles. So if I’m going to be stuck doing 6, 7, and 8 mile days, I might drop it down to 5.5 mph and see how it goes. That seems to be my biggest problem on a treadmill – being impatient with my pace. No idea how people only run on these things.

Which brings us to my bucket resolution thingy majigger for today…

  1. Travel to Hawaii
  2. Own a cabin in the mountains
  3. Cut back on Facebook/Twitter/Useless-Internet-Surfing
  4. Clemson season tickets
  5. Run a half-marathon
  • Who: Just me unless any of you crazy fools would like to join me. I’m going to purely focus on 10K training until the end of March. But if anyone would like to give it a shot sometime after then, I’m all ears.
  • When: Again, the Bridge Run is in March so not before then. I have no time table in mind but maybe I’ll push to have this done in 2012. I’m guessing it’d either need to be in the Spring or Fall so I’m not dying during the summer heat.
  • Where: I’m pretty open. I know there’s a half in Columbia in November, Greenville in October, and the Myrtle Beach one is in February. I won’t make February. I’d be game for October/November. I’m not sure when any North Carolina halfs are. I’d also have no problem making a trip out of it. The Rock ‘n’ Roll circuit has dates in Vegas (December), Nashville (April), San Diego (June), Savannah (November), Washington DC (March), and Virginia Beach (September). Those locations are either within driving distance or I know someone with a couch I could possibly crash. Judging by halfmarathons.net, it also looks like there are a few in Alaska too if I wanted to go that far. Tons of options!
  • Why: I’m not sure why but it’s always been a goal to try and accomplish. I guess it’s because the “normal” distances (5K, 8K, 10K) are fairly easy goals. If you want to run 3 miles, you can’t simply get off the couch and go do it but it’s a pretty painless process to train for that kind of distance unless you’re running for speed. A half marathon (13.1 miles) is something that takes a certain level of commitment though. But it’s not so crazy that you have to dedicate serious schedule changes in your life like a marathon or triathlon require. And there’s definitely a “prove to yourself you can do it” draw to running one.
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6 Responses to Twelve Weeks of Hell

  1. While I’d love to do a half marathon, I think 10K’s are going to be my only accomplishments. Gosh, 13 miles. We might have to get a crew together to root you on for that one.

  2. RMJinAK says:

    A half marathon was always my goal, until my ankle rebelled at the notion of a regular running schedule. The best I can claim was doing a marathon on a bike while escorting some actual runners. But we always have cool, dry weather here in AK (except for April) and you’re always welcome to visit again!

  3. Jenna says:

    Rock n’ Roll SD in June, be there or be square! 🙂 We can virtually train together and then you can come out for the race. It’s an AWESOME half marathon.

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