Friday, June 27, 2008

Training Starts Monday

I'm not sure how she did it, but my wife got me to commit to training with her to run a half marathon at the end of September. We're going to run in the Fort-4-Fitness half marathon on September 27 in Fort Wayne.

Before you call 911 to report a man who's lost his mind, please understand that I really thought this through before committing. I've been talking for months about wanting to run regularly and get in better shape. I've just lacked the right motivation.

So now that I've made a commitment to my wife and we've picked out a race to run together, I'm actually getting quite excited to start the process.

My goal in all of this is simply to get in better shape. I'm not interested in competing for a place in the race - I just want to be able to finish it. I want to get myself to the point where it's not a big deal for me to run 3-7 miles on any given day. Obviously, a half marathon is longer than that, but running 13.1 miles will be the exception, not the rule, for me.

Katie and I found a 12-week training plan that we are going to start Monday. The finale of the plan is running the half marathon on Sept. 27. I plan to keep a journal on this blog, so any time you want to leave a comment to offer encouragement - please do! I'm going to need it.


Anonymous said...

Dan and Katie--so awesome! I've been trying to get Craig to commit to running that w/ me! HELP ME OUT! So far he's not a taker....! Deadline is July 1 for the fee to go we gotta get him talked into it soon!


Rob said...

Here's my encouragement...drop out now!

Not only is that a really stinkin' long way to run...but the chances are strong that the lovely Mrs. Weiss smokes you, and you don't want to live with that, do ya?

Seriously, good luck with that. Long distance running has never been my thing...but I admire people who do...I just can't figure out why they do it...

Anonymous said...

awesome! i did the same thing but shot low at running the 10k in the sunburst ... got sick for three weeks and totally trashed my training, so i didn't run in the sunburst.
i look forward to reading about your journey. care to share the 12-week plan?

Craig Helfrich said...

Well, I am now officially a part of this race. It is going to be interesting. What training are you guys doing?