You’re probably wondering what a half marathon has to do with food. The two are loosely connected in my life. You see last year when I was doing Michelle Bridges’ 12 week body transformation challenge, we had to set ourselves a mega-goal for the end of the 12 weeks. The furthest I had ever run in my whole life was 10km in the Bridge to Brisbane. I toyed with the idea of setting a 21.2km half marathon as my big-bang challenge and when I discovered one very near by that happened to be on the very last day of the 12 weeks I knew my fate was sealed.
Here I am coming up to the finish line. Do I look happy or what? Now what’s it got to do with food? Well I learned a lot in those 12 weeks including lots of tips on how to up the vege content and lower the calories in lots of meals without compromising on taste. It’s given me the skills to transform lots of calorie-laden favourites into week night healthy feasts.
The other thing it has to do with food is I’ve never eaten more in a day than after the half marathon. I was like a bottomless pit that I just couldn’t fill.
Here I am just a little bit happy to have ticked something off my list that I never thought I could do. It really taught me that if you set your mind to something you can do it! I finished in 2h40m (which is no record-breaker but I was in it to finish) and ran all the way and was oh so proud.
The point of me telling you all this is that this year I’m at it again. On the 22nd of May I will be running the Noosa Half Marathon. This year, I’d like to run it for a charity so I’m not the only one benefiting from it. I’d like your help to choose one. If you have a charity that you hold dear, please tell me about it and what they use their donations for.
There are so many that I’d like to support it’s hard to choose just one but hopefully I can make this an annual event on my calendar and raise money every year.
The other point is that if I put it on here and support a charity then there is no backing out. No matter what, on May 22 I will making it across the finish line in the Noosa half marathon.
If you’re interested in running a half marathon go for it! I’ve attached the training plan that I’m sticking with for the next 12 weeks if you’re interested and I’m happy to answer any questions including which lollies I ate copious amounts of for pre-race energy.
Here is my half marathon training program if you are interested. I haven’t put it in there but I will attempt to repeat Tuesday’s run after cross-training on Saturdays. Last Saturday was my first day of it and it was so tough I had nothing left for running. I shall re-attempt this weekend.
Wish me luck!