Tuesday, January 31, 2012
It's Alive! It's Alive! My Frankenstein'ed Training Plan
Because I’m taking care of myself with the therapy, I am no longer getting nearly as many headaches as I used to. I can tell when my muscles are beginning to get tight and I can make changes to take care of that. I can tell the difference between a weather headache (yes, I still get them) and a tension headache. Because my headaches are decreasing, I can do other things that I’ve not wanted to do because of the fear of an onslaught.
Working out is one of those things I avoided because of the headaches. Who knows, maybe if I had worked out more and did more muscle work I’d not be in this mess in the first place. Hindsight and all that bull…
The family and I went to WDW in September 2011 and I think I only needed ONE migraine pill. I was fine the majority of the time, and that was a huge win for me. While we were there, I saw something (I think Wine & Dine Marathon information) that put the Princess back in the forefront of my thoughts. I didn’t say anything, but it was there.
During the holidays, I began to think of the upcoming year (2012) and what changes I wanted to make. I hate New Year’s Resolutions, but for me, change was coming fast and I needed to get out of my own damn way, lest I run myself over. I was tired of being fat. I was tired of being tired. I was tired of being unhealthy. I was just tired of myself, I think. It’s hard to put into words what I was thinking or feeling because most of the time, it was lingering just under the surface, the way cold water is below the warm tides of the ocean.
I began researching things on the internet, things like HOW to run, how a fat girl CAN run, what kind of shoes to get (what girl doesn’t need shoes?) and stuff like that. I decided to get through the holidays before I really did anything, but every day, the call of the miles was getting stronger in my head.
On the DIS, I found the WISH forums (We’re Inspired to Stay Healthy). There was lots of chatter about the upcoming 2012 Princess, so I lurked on the boards. A lot. I found a link to Jeff Galloway’s training programs. I read through his website and found a conditioning program for beginners – ME! It involved walking interspersed with small bits of running (the first day was 10 minutes of walking and running, with a 5 second run once a minute). Surely I could do this! I printed that and tucked it away.
I found the Couch to 5K program as well and after looking it over, it looked like I would be able to transition from JG directly to C25K pretty seamlessly. I printed that out, too, and tucked it away. I went back to Jeff’s website and printed the actual training schedule for a half-marathon. This too got tucked away for further review.
By mid-January, I was about 80% sure I was going to do this. I posted a great video of the 2011 PHM on my Facebook page and my mother and I began talking about it like it was a real option. The more I talked, the more I wanted to do it. I showed the video to my hubby, and it was really the first time I said aloud that I *was* going to do it. Up until then, it was a quiet dream I kept in my head. Hubby suggested that our 14-year old daughter run it with me. After showing her the video, she said she wanted to do it as well. At this point, I was about 90% sure that we’d be doing this in a bit over a year from then.
By the end of January, I had concocted a training schedule that looked like this: Jeff Galloway’s Conditioning Plan > Couch to 5K Plan > Jeff Galloway’s Half-Marathon Training Plan. I had to work the training days around days I worked late and my therapy days, but there is a scheduled plan now!
It felt real.