So as you can see from the plan attached below, we started running one minute, walking five. My poor husband, as usual, willingly subjected himself to my new plan, despite the fact that running is not really his thing. We religiously followed this plan, repeating some weeks more than once until that given week became easy, and after about three months we reached the end of the plan. At this point I thought, “What do I do now? I can run 20 minutes straight, but surprisingly, it is almost too easy now.”
Just as I began contemplating my next course of action: Should I contact WW and find out what the next steps should be? Do I need to get a personal trainer? It was during this deliberation that I happened upon a flyer for Team in Training. Team in Training is a fundraising mission by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society to raise money for blood cancer research. Basically, you raise money for their mission, and they will train you to complete anything from a marathon/half-marathon to a triathlon or long bike race. What really sold me on this, was that they were offering to train people for the Disney Half-Marathon—we are a Disney Family, and this seemed like the perfect answer to what do I do next on my journey to becoming healthy. They provide you with a mentor who keeps you motivated and weekly coaching and organized runs to move you slowly from running one mile to fourteen miles, in my case. And this is how my marathon journey began.
For more information on Team in Training I am attaching this link. The team I trained with is the Temecula Chapter but any chapter in your area will provide the same kinds of services.
Team In Training
*Join me next time when I continue to share my journey to running a half-marathon