A Google search for "beginner half-marathon training" returns 801,000 hits. I haven't done a rigorous statistical analysis, ut the gist of those pages is advising armchair athletes to spend 10 to 12 weeks running somewhere from 6 to 20+ plus miles a week, generally ending with some sort of period where you do less running for a few weeks before the race.
To prepare for the Seattle 1/2, I ran four times in 19 days. This is stupid. To be fair, I had been doing a little bit of running, maybe 3-4 miles tops and some boot camp workouts to prepare for the 5K Winter Pineapple Classic. But my thoughts of a half-marathon were 7, 8 months distant as preparation for the Ironman 70.3 in Miami next October.
Clearly I had been thinking straight about slowly increasing my training. So how did I get so stupid? As I mentioned in my previous post, my friend Jen called me a wuss. And I responded just like Marty "Nobody calls me chicken" McFly. Of course, Jen ran the half in 2:07 without really training and has the metabolism of a hummingbird.
But do I have anything left to prove to anyone? I've lost the equivalent of a washed-up supermodel in weight! Why couldn't I just stick with my training program?
The run provided all the incentive I need to get faster and train properly. 3-4 miles going back and forth with some asthmatic/pneumonic/phlegming eldery woman spitting every 20 seconds will tend to do that. And being able to walk normally the week after the race would be pretty awesome too.
After 13.1 Miles and 2 hours, 58 minutes later, they gave me a medal, stupid or not.