I went into one of those fancy running stores yesterday, hoping to find a new pair of running shoes for my half. This is pretty much how it went…
Me: Hi, I’m interested in a pair of running shoes. I just signed up for my first half marathon. It’s in February and I’m really excited about it and…
Running Store Guy: I’ve been watching you walk around the store and I think these (points to a running shoe) will work, but I need to see you run.
Me: Err okay (stalker)? <hops on the treadmill>
Running Store Guy: Oh yes, <insert long explanation about why the shoe he picked will work for my running style and apparently unique feet> these will work for you.
Me: Um, do you have anything prettier? Like in maybe a pink or an aqua or even yellow? Oh yeah, yellow would be awesome because then it would match my costume! Let’s do yellow.
Running Store Guy: Costume? (looking totally annoyed)
Me: Err, my running costume. You know, for my half marathon.
Running Store Guy: (blank stare)
Me: I’m going to be Minnie Mouse. I’d like for my shoes to match please.
Running Store Guy: Mam, this isn’t a fashion show <insert long explanation on why I should buy the ugly running shoes>.
Me: (blank stare)
I’m clearly out of my element. I may not know what the heck I’m doing and I may never be considered a “serious runner”, but I’m still going to put the time and sweat into training for this half just like everyone else. Andplusalso, if I’m going to be spending 100+ bucks on a pair of shoes, they better look cute! Right now I’m running in minimalist shoes (super cute aqua ones, I should add) and while I love them for short distances, I think I need better support for a half (so says the experts). So, I might just have to brave another running store in search for the perfect
glass slipper running shoe. You better believe it will be cute. What does a girl have to do to get a pair of cute running shoes?
This past week went well in the running department, I logged about 11 miles with Logan in tow. I’m thinking of switching to the Hal Hidgon training program for my half. It’s a 12 week program instead of a 20 week program. In the 20 week program I posted about last week, you basically repeat the same mileage for 2 weeks. In the 12 weeks program, you move up to a new mileage every single week. The 20 week program honestly seems daunting to me and I’m afraid of burning out. I just want to get there and go, not do this long drawn out program. But then I second guess myself and wonder if I can really be half marathon ready in just 12 weeks and if I wish I would have stuck to my 20 weeks program.
If I do switch to the Hal Hidgon program, I’ll still be in training mode starting now (20 weeks to go). I plan on establishing a good 3-5 mile base of running, 3-4 times a week and doing cross-training/strength-training in between. Plus, I’m getting my eating on track with help from Nutrisystem. Advice? Opinions? Oh and feel free to chime in on my shoe dilemma too.
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