All about the race

Yesterday I promised that we would talk about ducks next, but I changed my mind. I want to talk about the Indy Women’s Half Marathon instead. If you have followed my blog comments extremely closely (Seriously, you don’t?) for the past few months, you might recall that I was egged on to sign up for the Indy Women’s Half Marathon on September 1. If you don’t recall that, now you know.

I had mostly forgotten about it until yesterday. Somehow, as I thought about the fact that I have not run in a week, the race sprang to the forefront of my mind. At first, I dismissed it. After all, I’ll never be able to PR considering the circumstances.

A few hours later, I got to thinking about it again. No, I didn’t develop some delusion that I could PR. I’m not even sure if I will be able to run the whole thing, but I did decide that I should run it. Or as much of it as possible anyway. I think it will be good for me to have a training goal, even if it is just to finish the 13.1 miles, and really, 13.1 miles is not all that far anyway. This should be totally doable.

So, there it is, I’ve put it out there and I’ve made up a very conservative training plan running three to four days per week. I think that four runs per week is an attainable goal, even on ‘aftermath of chemo’ weeks.

As for this week of non-running, I think I just need to write it off and regroup this weekend. This week my hair has been playing games with me and, in an effort to preserve it until Chris gets home, I have been trying not to stress it at all. This means that running was out because my bouncing ponytail would rip it out unnecessarily before he got home. I was also nervous that the extra shower that running precipitates would cause even more hair loss. In an effort to regain control of my life and resume normal activities, I have determined that the hair has to go. In fact, I have decided that less hair should actually enhance my ability to run as I won’t have to deal with washing and drying it each time.

Ahhh, the silver lining. I knew there was a silver lining.

According to Runner’s World, here’s the plan for the next 10 days or so.

It is kind of a low ball plan, in the back of my mind I intend to be an overachiever and go a bit beyond this. I’ll let you know how that works out for me. Up until the hair loss thing stopped my running dead in its tracks, I was running quite a bit more than this plan calls for. In theory, one week off shouldn’t be a game changer.

For real, a duck update coming soon.

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8 comments
  1. As if exercising and traveling the world during your pregnancy wasn’t impressive enough, you had to take it one step further to make us all look like slackers 🙂 You’ve got the spirit and ambition, there’s no doubt that you can do it.

    • Brit said:

      Eh, I’m being pretty slacker-ish lately and I have not yet executed this plan. I decided to plan on something so I stay engaged with normal life.

  2. Dana said:

    I have no doubt that you’ll be able to train for this and do great :). I admire your strength and perseverance.

  3. jillybean222 said:

    I do believe I was part of the egging on so I’m sorry and you’re welcome!!! It is definitely good to have a goal though!

  4. Lisa said:

    Good for you! 🙂 A goal race is a great thing to have on the horizon. I’m already rooting for you.

  5. Ken, Christine and Haley Brown said:

    You’re amazing, Brit! The Brown family is rooting for you. Love to you, Chris and Kai 😉

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