Technically I’m in “sub-training” mode. What the heck does that mean? When I made the commitment to do The Big Hike, I knew right away that I’d need a shorter-term goal because I knew it would be hard to keep up my motivation for an entire year until The Big Hike. I’m a big believer in baby steps … or at least small chunks. So I signed up to walk a half-marathon (13 miles) on New Year’s Eve. Personally I love doing something fun and different to close out the old year and bring in the new one. (Would someone please remind me I said this at about Mile 9?) I’ll be working for the next three months to increase endurance, stamina, and speed for the half-marathon. After the half-marathon, I’ll be working on cardio and exercises to prepare for The Big Hike. Lots of lunges, squats, planks, stair climbing etc. Pretty much all the exercises I hate … maybe I hate them because I need them?
While I’m preparing for the half-marathon, my biggest goal right now is to lose the extra weight. So far I am down 20 pounds. It’s taken me almost four months to get here. It feels really good. To slim down, I’m counting calories and working out five times a week for about an hour. That’s it in a nutshell. There are easy days, and there are oh-so-hard days. But I know that losing this extra weight is the best thing I can do to help make The Big Hike less difficult and somewhat enjoyable. If I can lose 17 more pounds, I will have met my goal and that will make me very happy.
This chart below is my training schedule for the half-marathon. The official start day is Monday September 25l, but I’ve been putting in the miles for a few weeks now. I’m actually looking forward to starting this training. You can find all kinds of training plans on the internet for a variety of fitness events. I actually blended 2-3 plans that I found and then moved the days around to make it mine. Now it’s time to own it and make it happen.