Remember about 4 weeks ago when I was like, “Hey, I’m gonna train for a 10K“? Well, believe it or not, we’re approaching the halfway point already. My boyfriend (who hates long distance running) and I have almost exactly one month until we participate in our turkey trot on Thanksgiving. I wouldn’t say training is going badly, but I have to be real with you. I’m not really killing it.
I told you I’d keep you posted on my progress, and I’m a woman of my word. Here’s exactly what I have and have not done up to this point. The little red X’s indicate a completed workout, and the last red X on the chart is what I did today.
Notice all the blank boxes? Yeah. In my defense, my brother got married that week 300 miles away from where I currently live. I was having a dress crisis. Most of my afternoons during week 2 were spent combing Chicago for appropriate wedding attire. Yes, I could have made time to run, but I didn’t. That’s just me being honest.
The good news is that the unscheduled off days don’t seem to be holding me back. My BF and I completed a 4 mile “long run” together last weekend with relative ease. We didn’t break any records, but we finished. And he hasn’t run that much at once since high school, so it was really incredible seeing him do something he didn’t think he was capable of. He even went out the night before and bought special running tights to wear under his shorts. So official. And adorable.
During the weekdays, I have a different running partner. He’s the kind of athlete who burns out early, but he’s working on his stamina.
As previously mentioned, the turkey trot happens in ONE MONTH. Until then, I’ll be channeling my inner Prefontaine and referencing my 10 Tricks to Getting Motivated, because it’s starting to get really, really chilly outside. Holla at me if you have any running/workout tips you’d like to share, or if you need advice. The address is thehungrytortoise at gmail dot com. I always read and respond to every single e-mail I get.
I look forward to chatting. Toodles!