Tag Archives: ODDyssey Half Marathon

A Goal and a Dream

28 Jan

Someone I know recently said:

The difference between a goal and a dream is a plan.

And it hit me. That’s so true. A dream is just a dream until you make a plan for it. And, I think that fitness and nutrition goals fall hand-in-hand with this. Everyone should have a plan, especially if you have a long-term goal in mind. Whether your goal is to complete that marathon or to fit back into those skinny jeans (or, in my case, both), you are quite unlikely to get there unless you’ve figured out how you’re going to do it.

With that in mind, I began crafting my own plan. I reviewed the old training schedule that my LLS coach had given me. I searched online. Then, I stumbled upon who I had completely forgotten as the best plan maker of all time: Hal Higdon. I’ve used his plans in the past and always felt that they were both realistic and well thought out. Specifically, his novice half marathon plan is brilliant – 12 weeks long, add a mile or so to your long runs each week and gradually but slowly up your mid-week runs, balance with cardio and strength training. Perfection.

So, for now this is what I follow (if you can’t read it, go directly to Hal’s page to see it – in fact, you should go there regardless):

After the ODDysey Half Marathon in May, I intend to attempt to follow his Novice 2 Marathon plan to prep myself for the Philadelphia Marathon in November. My only complaint about that is that it doesn’t balance strength training and cross training as much as the half marathon plans do. Then again, I guess if you’re prepping to run 26.2 miles, you probably need to do a bit more running, eh?

So what about you, have you crafted a plan to meet your goals? Have you used Higdon’s plans before?


No Going Back Now

28 Jan

Do you see this?

This means that there is definitely no going back now. I’ll officially be running┬áthe ODDyssey Half Marathon on May 22 in Philadelphia. I’ve read some reviews and, though it sounds tough, I’m excited to try a half where I’ve given it the proper preparation and attention it deserves (unlike last time) to see how things pan out.

While I’ve never been one for worrying about times (for me, it’s all about just giving it all you’ve got), I feel good about PRing this one. Then again, seeing how I did last time that shouldn’t be too hard to do. It does feel a bit weird to me though. You know, signing up for something you are currently utterly unprepared for? And yet, it’s inspiring and motivating at the same time. There is no going back now.

What about you? Have you taken the leap just to inject some motivation into yourself?

Just Because

27 Jan

Thirteen posts is just unlucky, so I’d prefer not to leave it that way. Yea, so I might have a slight thing for numerology. Whatever. That doesn’t make me crazy, does it? Alright, I guess my last post already established I might have a little crazy in me.

On the numerology note, I just discovered/realized that the address of our new house is a combination of my husband’s lucky number and mine. HOW DID I NOT NOTICE THIS BEFORE? Seriously, that’s just insane. It’s fate, for sure. And because it’s not fair to be posting all this without a picture (or somehow relating it to the topical content of this blog), here’s what I’m thinking of wearing for the ODDyssey Half Marathon, if I run. I wasn’t going to share – because I kind of wanted it to be a surprise – but then I though I should take a poll. Do you think people will get it?

Hit Girl from Kick-Ass.
[Source: UGO]

Psst – If you haven’t seen Kick-Ass, take this as my personal recommendation: it’s awesome. Very high action, but appeals to the emotional, feminine side as well. Both my husband (who, as a side note, isn’t into that type of movie) and I loved it.

Easy Come, Easy Go

20 Jan

After setting my new goals just days ago, I excitedly went to sign up for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run today. With a cap at 30,000 runners, it had said they were only at 17,000 this past weekend, so I wasn’t too concerned. When I went to register, it told me there was a technical error and to try later. When I logged on again after work today I was sad devastated to find out that they were suddenly full. As soon as I set my goal, it’s crushed. That would figure, wouldn’t it? Boo to that. After asking around and hearing about the big crowds, entertainment, and nice flat course I was actually really stoked to sign up for it. Plus, I’d practically be running right past my house. How freaking cool is that!? Added to that is the fact that I have Independence Blue Cross (who sponsors the event) so that’s supposed to qualify you for some perks as well, I think. But alas, it just wasn’t meant to be I suppose.

With that said, it still doesn’t change my sights on the ODDyssey Half Marathon at the end of May. I suppose I should register for that soon so I don’t get closed out of that too. There’s nothing like committing to something to light a fire under your butt, eh? Oh boy! But, this one should be particularly fun because it is meant to be a “enjoyable” race – including costume contests and “unique obstacles” [whatever that means?]. The only thing I am a bit concerned about is the location – taking place in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the only thing that comes to mind to me is the few hills around there that I could hardly bike up this past summer. The idea of running them makes me nauseous. But hey – nothing like a good challenge, right? Now I’ll have to get to work on planning my outfit.

Let’s just say, I have a few ideas up my sleeve…

From DailyMail.co.uk.

From the Costume Machine Blog.

From Nintendo World Report.

In fact, I have to admit, the idea that I won’t be bringing my pro- camera along to shoot the event almost pains me. This could be fun. A lot of fun. Have you ever dressed up for a race?