I have a confession: I am a couch potato.
No, really. It’s true. I love comfort, being warm, and drinking warm drinks. I love TV, movies, music, audiobooks, and reading. I love being still, journaling, relaxing, chilling. Exercise is hard for me— partly because of some health issues, but mostly because I love comfort too much— and I don’t like doing things that are hard. So I don’t do them. I work from home, and most days that means working from the couch. I work long hours, but most of those hours are spent on a comfortable seat in a comfortable room, wearing comfortable clothes.
Once I’m out of the house, I enjoy taking long walks, being active, and exploring new places with my husband, but I have very little motivation to actually get up and go. I enjoy work, and work can be demanding (or perhaps I let it become demanding?), so during the day, it takes priority over most everything else. My “free time” I fill with relationships— and that is a good thing. I meet girlfriends for coffee early in the mornings before work. Buck and I are very involved in our Church, and 3-4 evenings in a week are taken up with Church-related commitments. So I’ve settled for the “I don’t have time for it” excuse, and figure that I’m relatively healthy, so what’s the big deal?
I’m realizing that excuse isn’t good enough, and that activity is important. A few influencers:
- Shooting weddings is hard work. Surprisingly hard. I’m tired of taking days to recover from 9 hours on my feet. Exercise will help that.
- Buck and I hope to start a family in the next couple of years, and I don’t want to wait until I’m pregnant to begin working out. I want to be strong now!
- I’m often sluggish, tired, and fuzzy throughout the day. I know that exercise will reduce that.
- Discipline in one area of life often leads to discipline in other areas of life. I value self-discipline, but struggle to implement it. I think that the physical discipline of exercise will help me grow in other personal disciplines.
I began looking into various forms of exercise that I could commit to on a regular, consistent basis. I absolutely love Bikram yoga, but the 90 minute class is too much of a commitment for me to do every day (and it’s too expensive for our budget). I have tons of friends who love CrossFit, and I explored that option as well, but again, it was too expensive. I do best when I set goals and have accountability to help me reach them, so I knew that in-home workouts, regardless of how much I enjoy them, would not be a good long-term solution.
So I decided to start running. I’ve had a few short periods of consistent running over the past few years, and I do enjoy it. It’s relatively inexpensive, and we live in the perfect city for running, so why not try it? I told Buck about my decision, and we quickly went from “let’s start running” to “let’s train for a half marathon!” So that’s our plan— the Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. We’re so excited.
This is a long, slow, easy training schedule. The race is in 20.5 weeks— that’s 144 days to go from 0 to 13.1. I’m using Hal Higdon‘s training calendar, which gives me just enough time to ease into running, train for a 10K, then train for the Half, all back-to-back. I’m so excited about it, and thankful for friends’ encouragement and my husband’s excitement to run it, as well.
Here’s an idea— Run With Me!
I’m planning to blog my training schedule at the start of each month, and to document this process on Instagram. I would love for you to join me, virtually! Simply use #zerotohalf and #runwithSarah on Twitter and Instagram to show me your own running journey and share your progress! This is a huge step for me, and I can use all the encouragement I can get!
April Training Schedule
- 4/1: Intro run 1 (walk 15 minutes, run 10 min, walk 5 min)
- 4/2: Intro run 1 (walk 15 minutes, run 10 min, walk 5 min)
- 4/3: Intro run 1 (walk 15 minutes, run 10 min, walk 5 min)
- 4/4: Intro run 1 (walk 15 minutes, run 10 min, walk 5 min)
- 4/5: Intro run 1 (walk 15 minutes, run 10 min, walk 5 min)
- 4/6: Intro run 2 (walk 10 minutes, run 15 min, walk 5 min)
- 4/7: Intro run 2 (walk 10 minutes, run 15 min, walk 5 min)
- 4/8: Intro run 2 (walk 10 minutes, run 15 min, walk 5 min)
- 4/9: Intro run 2 (walk 10 minutes, run 15 min, walk 5 min)
- 4/10: Intro run 2 (walk 10 minutes, run 15 min, walk 5 min)
- 4/11: Intro run 3 (walk 7 minutes, run 18 min, walk 5 min)
- 4/12: Intro run 3 (walk 7 minutes, run 18 min, walk 5 min)
- 4/13: Intro run 3 (walk 7 minutes, run 18 min, walk 5 min)
- 4/14: Intro run 3 (walk 7 minutes, run 18 min, walk 5 min)
- 4/15: Intro run 3 (walk 7 minutes, run 18 min, walk 5 min)
- 4/16: Intro run 3 (walk 7 minutes, run 18 min, walk 5 min)
- 4/17: Strengthen & Stretch
- 4/18: 2.5 miles and strength
- 4/19: 30 min cross training
- 4/20: REST
- 4/21: 40 min cross training
- 4/22: 3 miles
- 4/23: Strengthen & Stretch
- 4/24: 2.5 miles
- 4/25: 30 min cross training
- 4/26: 2 miles and strength
- 4/27: REST
- 4/28: 40 min cross training
- 4/29: 3.5 miles
- 4/30: Strengthen & Stretch
Don’t forget to document your training schedule, and run along with me via Instagram!