Complete half marathon – tick!

Question:  What do you get at the Miura International half-marathon as your special gift?

There could be a number of answers to this question.  A bad case of chafe.  Blisters.  Very sore legs.  All of these are possibilities but are in the end, wrong.

The answer is an enormous radish.

Me, Simon and an enormous radish - otherwise known as daikon.

Me, Simon and an enormous radish – otherwise known as daikon.

Thanks to @LorimerSimon for being a great running mentor, race organiser and supporter on the day.  Also thanks to everyone who ran with me, gave advice, cheered me on etc.  You know who you are.

And finally, thanks to Elaine who called me on the telephone to congratulate me on the race, 500 m before I had reached the finish line.  Your timing as always was impeccable but somehow those last few metres were much easier after having talked to you!

132 Days To Go

I’ve decided to run a half-marathon.  As a “bit-of-a-fatty”, this is going to be a challenge!

I have let myself go a bit and found myself back in the obese range earlier this year.  I started running again a few months ago and I’m back on the Weight Watchers too!  To date, I’ve lost about 7 kg and I’m down to being in the overweight range but I want to lose another 10 kg to get back to a healthy weight range.  I’m worried, however, that I might be losing momentum, so I signed up for the Miura International Marathon in the half-marathon category!

To make myself a bit accountable and to provide a bit of motivation, I’ve decided to write about my progress as I train for this event.

I  had a look around at training schedules and iPhone apps for running and after doing a bit of playing around, I have decided to use the absolutely free, Runner’s World Smart Coach app.

After inputing some general information, it developed a plan for me.  And as luck would have it, today turned out to be a rest day!   I’m loving this plan already!

Part of the plan involves days when you either rest or do cross training.  I’ve decided to do Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.

I’m so serious about this, that I went to a sport store today and bought hand weights and a mat. I was going to buy some new exercise clothes too but it turns out I’m still too fat for Japanese sports clothes!

Tomorrow will be my first training run!