Sunday, January 6, 2013

Setting sites on the Vancouver Half Marathon

Today saw the start of my training proper for the Vancouver Half Marathon on May 5th, follow by a half marathon around vineyards in New Zealand on May 11th.

I have clocked plenty of kilometres (635 km!) over the past nine months or so.  For a long time I had a goal of running 5 km in under 30 mins, now I can do it in 28:28 .  So I think I could run a half-marathon today if I wanted.

But running a half marathon is not enough.  A lifetime ago I ran one in a pace that was so painfully slow that I was too embarrassed to even memorize the time.

This time I am plan to run it in under 2 hours.  That's a faster pace than 5km in 30 mins!

I have joined a running clinic at my local running shop.  Hopefully with their expert advice and fellow participants I can hit that 2 hour mark.

We had a our first training run today.  I joined the next-to-slowest group and we ran 7.6 km in a very slow 7:34  per km pace (my goal is a 5:48 mins per km).

Sunday runs are meant to be slow, so I am not too worried about it.

I've also joined this weight loss challenge.  Last month I lost 7 pounds, so I should be able to compete!

I start the challenge at 226.4 pounds (102.7 kg).

I plan to keep this blog regularly updated with how i progress on these challenges.  Wish me luck!