Late last week, on a total and fervent whim (as most of our best decisions are decided), Andrew and I registered for what will be my second half marathon; a 13.1 mile mid-March march around Washington, DC. Coming off a multi-month movement hiatus – me masquerading with a running stroller, panicking myself fit – allowing this twelve week, gentle yet regimented training plan, felt just ambitious and focused enough to match my pent ardor. And while1 I’ve never been a natural runner, my body instead lending itself better to yoga, hiking, dawdling and passive movement, all of me is thrilled to get going. Knowing my limitation, these next twelve weeks are dedicated to finding and celebrating attainable achievement. Much like our hike across The Alps and even within the banality of our everyday, purpose lies in building Poe’s (and in some capacity, my own) lifelong foundation. I want him to see and know limits can be tested, that limits can be conquered, that again, living takes living. That success can only be found in trying.
Below you’ll find an outline, detailing my twelve week half marathon training plan. While this is a loose construction- noted dates a mere guide- emphasis lies in incremental mile building and observed rest. Regaining my speed, I’m currently averaging a 10:30 minute mile and am using cross trainings for light yoga as well as to hop into weekend workouts and bootcamps with friends. Print it out and hang it on your fridge, or make it the background of your cellphone screen. Hopefully you find it helpful! Only racing ourselves, every movement is a race won.
1 despite a lifetime of willed and calculated speed and grace