First, you have to realize that I’d started walking at the local fitness park a few weeks ago before I went on vacation. So I’m not starting from 0 on here…almost, but not quite. I’d already started doing two or three 2-mile loops each week – for a whole week! LOL! And one of those loops was with my puppies in tow (and let me tell you…they are not the easiest critters to take on a walk of this sort. Love them to bits, but it’s all about the zigging and the zagging, and the sniffing, and the pulling in opposite directions, and the peeing, and the…well, you get the idea. Let’s just say that they are not leash-trained). Then there were about 3 weeks off…mostly. When my daughter came out to visit during that time I enlisted her help for 1 loop with the pups. It wasn’t very productive even with the two of us, but it was nice to get out.
The trails that are near me are fantastic! You could do miles and miles of paths in the woods, or you could do all your training on pavement. Enterprise South here in Chattanooga is a fantastic place for training of all kinds, and it’s just beautiful.
But now I’m signed up for this crazy Half Ironman thing, and I’ve *got* to start getting serious about my running (swimming will happen soon enough, but right now I’m focusing on running). I’m determined not to overdo things too early and injure myself, so it’s just going to be 3 or 4 days of 2-mile loops this week, walking 1/4-mile then jogging 1/4-mile. This should be a good start.
I don’t really have any good running gear right now. Just my cute, cheap, fairly old Sketchers (in a girls size 3.5 – hahaha. Yes, I have mini feet). I’m well aware that these babies are not made for anything serious, but they’ll have to do for now.
I dunno…I haven’t training for anything like this in ages. But I know I’ve got about 280 days in which to train, so I figure starting out slow, and increasing by 1/2 mile each week at first is a good plan. I should probably start researching things in a more official way though. Right now I’m totally winging it.