My running plan

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The summer I spent in Astoria,OR was amazing. I was in peak running form. I will never forget the day I run 8 miles in under an hour. Mostly because I still can’t believe I run that fast. It was like a dream. (And my leg cramped up)

I could go all yogic and tell you how running is like a walking meditation. I could talk about cardiovascular benefit and reducing osteoporosis. All that would be true, but the truth of the matter is I love to run.

I love to run fast and feel the wind in my face. I love to move my arms at my sides put one foot in front of the other and feel like I’m flying. I love how accomplished I feel at the end of my run.Biggest loseer

Unfortunately I’ve had a lot of setbacks over the years. Just when I got over my knee pain from track I had surgery for endometriosis. When I was finally feeling healed from the surgery and getting back in shape I got fibromyalgia.

I guess technically this is my third comeback. I started my comeback by taking part in the worst 5k ever: Biggest Loser 5k DC. It was just horrible. I had to take several walking breaks and probably wouldn’t have finished if my bestie wasn’t right besides me the entire way.

Since then I’ve been running off and on. I’ve made several training plans but I haven’t stuck to it. So I have a new two part plan.

1. Pick a race.
It’s hard to find local 5ks here in St Lucia so I have picked the Diva’s Half Marathon in San Juan,PR. I am really excited about this. The course has a four hour time limit so I should have plenty of time to walk if I need to. The race isn’t till November so I have lots of time to train.

I am hoping some of my friends will join me and make a fun girls weekend out of it. At the same time I am worried that I may not be able to afford it. I haven’t registered for the race or made any arrangements. I am thinking about seeking sponsorship but I am not sure if that is something I want to pursue. I am also concerned that the race might be more estrogen fueled girl power than I can handle.

I am going to keep training and make a final decision later in the year.

2.A training schedule I can stick to.
After not sticking to my training schedules I have thrown everything out the window. New plan run or walk at least 2 miles every day until the Mon Repos Independence Road Relay on Feb 23rd.

The Mon Repos Independence Road Relay is held in my community every year to celebrate St Lucia’s Independence. The relay consists of 8 legs and each leg is around 2 miles long.

I chose 2 miles because that as far as I feel I can go without feeling weak and overly tired. I am hoping by February I will be able to add more distance when I begin to feel more comfortable.

In February I will reevaluate and modify the plan accordingly. Every Sunday I will post my progress.

To make running fun. Every Saturday I will post some pictures from along my route.

Here’s some pictures to get you started.

Rodney Bay Marina

Rodney Bay Marina

No not uphill!

No not uphill!

Down Morne Jab I go

Mamiku: Post storm farming recovery

What do you think of my plan?
Do you have any fun races coming up?

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