Why a Half Marathon?

I had my New Year’s workout plan all laid out. Lifting heavy and making gains was going to be my sole aim. I was going to lift barbells, dumbbells, kettle-bells and maybe even cow-bells. 2018 was going to be all about the iron.

Then.

I was peer pressured into running my first half-marathon at the start of June. You know, the usual marathon chat: “It’ll be fun!”, “A bunch of us can go and road trip together!”, “We can go camping and get drunk after!”. I have to admit that last one was a turning point for me. However, as I’ve been bodybuilding for the past year and avoiding endurance cardio like the plague, this is quite the change of pace. But, I am all about trying new things, and I have a full 5 months to train! With proper planning, and no skipping runs due to rain, this should be plenty of time.

The setting of my first half-marathon will be the wee island of Benbecula on the West Coast of Scotland. From Glasgow, it’ll be a drive of over 5 hours to get to the ferry port in Uig and cross the small strip of North Sea to the Outer Hebrides. However, the West Coast of Scotland is full of wildly beautiful scenery, with sweeping hills and forested mountains right next to rugged coastlines, so not a bad route to spend most of a day driving on.

The Training Plan

Anyone else training for a half-marathon this year? I’m not aiming for any crazy time goals, but I would like to be able to run the entire length, even if it is at a gentle jogging pace! With this in mind, I’ve decided to roughly follow this great little guide from Snacking in Sneakers, which plots out a mixture of short, medium and long distance runs 3 times a week.

I can’t quite let go of lifting weights completely though, so the plan is to also incorporate 2-3 days of full-body weight training. Its going to be tough, but I enjoy how  strong and capable lifting makes me. Also lifting makes this girl look gewd, so there’s really no disadvantage!

So, welcome to the start of my half-marathon series – I’ll be keeping you guys up to date on my progress, highs and lows. Keep reading for training tips, things that are working and things that aren’t.

What are your fitness goals for the New Year? Has anyone else signed up to some torturous event? Let me know in the comments!