a slow approach to 13.1

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last week i did something pretty awesome–i registered for the brooklyn half marathon!  i wasn’t ready to do it last year (nor was it on my mind at the time) but now i’m ready.

running this half is almost a no-brainer because:

  • i live in brooklyn
  • i’ve been running longer distances in the past 6 months
  • i’ve got friends and todd running it with me!
  • the start of the race is less than a mile from my apartment so i can just roll out of bed and trot over to the starting line
  • prospect park is my regular jam (we get to complete the loop for the first part of the race)

the only obstacle in the way of finishing this race is the fact that my hip flexor has been bothering me.  i strained it while sprinting like a maniac on a treadmill before the holidays.  since then, the nagging pain in my left hip has been off and on.  if do any speed work, or start out with cold legs, after the third mile my hip will suddenly blurt out curmudgeonly obscenities like grandpa simpson.  i limped home on christmas day, guys.

friends have been urging me to slow-it-the-heck-down. i have a hard time doing that. every time i head out for a run, i tell myself that i’ll have a slow and steady one.  nope!  i find myself pushing low 8’s and 25 minute 5ks with my hip hurtling toward a real injury.  the struggle is real (within the struggle)!

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i assume that at this point, i just have to stay out of trouble until february 21st.  that’s around the time when i should be starting some kind of 12-week half marathon training program.  until then, i’ll be strength training (pilates, barre and weights) and running (short distances at a forced, cartoonishly slow pace).

i also have to pick an actual training program.  there’s so many!!  thanks to the internet, you can find at least 56,984 plans out there for novice runners, and at LEAST 54,092,009 plans for beginning runners.  once i find a plan, i’ll lock it in, but for now i’m going to ask around.

so…do you have any recommendations?

IMG_7596in the meantime, i’ll be eating delicious pizza and putting together a new playlist in preparation for the miles i’ll be logging in this spring.