So in August i had decided i was going to walk a half-marathon in Austin in February. Yes you heard right a half-marathon, that is 13.1 miles. WHOA! I had barely been doing 13.1 miles of exercise in a week, but over the last 3 weeks i've been exercising 3-4 times a week and i feel great.
I've been walking, doing the elliptical, and riding the stationary bike. Some days all 3, some days just one. And i've been doing some strength training like 3 days a week. I don't want to do too much lifting, since muscle weighs more than fat, and more muscle will decrease the amount of weight i will lose for my weigh-ins. I have a friend who is a personal trainer, who set me up with a program to exercise 4-5 times/week.
So yesterday i told a guy friend that i was going to do it, and he questions me. Saying something you know that's 12 miles right, and i said NO! It's 13.1! He goes, well can you do that?! I Said YES! of course i can.
Now, since yesterday i've been thinking about it. That's 13.1 MILES! I'm just concerned with completing it, in the allotted time. Since i'm walking the half-marathon, i have 4 hours to complete the half-marathon. I think that is totally do-able. Right now walking on the treadmill or outside on the track- it takes 20ish minutes to walk 1.25 minutes- So to do 13.1 miles at my current pace would take somewhere around close to 3 hours.
I REALLY wanted to do the half-marathon, it seems like a great goal. But is the goal too much for me right now, is the goal too big to attain?!
Thoughts on: doing a half-marathon for the first time? Should i do the 5k instead? How else should i be preparing to walk the half-marathon!?!
Any input is greatly appreciated.