A ridiculously long time ago (May to be exact) I signed up to run a second half-marathon. I’d run my first one about 2 months before and it had gone better than I’d hoped, I was enjoying the “break” from running but thought that it would be a good idea to have a second goal in mind to remind me to start running again. The Run Disney half-marathon is a race in Disney World Florida in January 2015 that takes place in the resort – I think the gist of it is that you run but you also get to take photos with characters etc and generally have a more relaxed race than at your average race. It sounded like fun, was selling out really quickly and Kathy and two friends were already signed up to do it so I baaahhhed like a sheep, signed up, paid the extraordinarly expensive race fee and then.... sat on my behind all summer long “waiting” for training to begin.
Yep I was super lazy. I have barely run at all since the half-marathon back in March. A few miles here and there but that’s it. To be honest though I really didn’t want to.... so I don’t feel even the slightest bit bad about not running. It has taken this long for me to get excited about the prospect of running again. Today marks the first day of the 12 week long half-marathon training plan – I’m using the same Hal Hidgon training plan as last time because it worked out fine for me. I plan on training well and then relaxing and enjoying the race without worrying about whether or not I can finish it – I don’t care about what sort of time I do.
There is one big change to my training plan this year though – I have a running buddy. Boomer was too young to run with me last year but this year he is all about the running. He’s been running here with Kathy frequently enough and has plenty of stamina to keep going for as long as she’d let him. He’s going to partner up with me on my shorter week day runs – the ones that are 3-4 miles long because this is the perfect distance for him without worrying about him getting too tired.
When I knew the training was approaching and I’d decided to run with Boomer I looked into getting a running leash to allow me to run hands free. I spotted the stunt puppy leash online and it looked perfect so I bought it 2 weeks ago and have been testing it out ever since. I also got a gift of a second-hand running watch from Kathy and bought myself a shuffle so that I won’t have to carry that big bulky phone with me anymore.
I love it! It attaches around my waist and swivels around if the dog decides to change sides while running and it has a bungee cord that gently pulls him back if he lunges forward (or tries to sniff a dog as we run past). I can correct him very easily by gently tugging the bungee cord without worrying that I’ll hurt his neck so it’s win win for us. He’s been great running on it and I’ve found it really handy so far.
So here’s to our running adventure – 12 weeks of short and long runs – of being super tired but sleeping well – of eating more but losing weight (hopefully) and running alongside my little buddy!