Event Planner to Half Marathon Trainee

November 29, 1999 by Kristel Fillmore in Events

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Yesterday we had one of our many yearly Wild Half Marathon meetings with CGI Racing which I have been a part of since the idea of a half marathon was dreamed up. Most of what we talked about were ways to market the event which is always an exciting discussion but then our Marketing Director, Tim, came up with one of his “fabulous ideas” that, as always, causes me a lot of work but this time its a VERY different type of work. All is going very well with ideas flowing when Tim says, “Kristel! You run! Let’s have our event planner actually participate in one of her own events and blog about it for all to see!” “Me Running” is a term I would say should be used very loosely. I jog twice a week usually about two and half miles, I do the occasional 5k and on a whim this year signed up for the Ultimate Mud Run Night OPS on April 21, 2012. If you don’t know what this is and really it makes perfect sense that you don’t…it’s 7-8 miles of 24 obstacles IN THE DARK! Some of the obstacles include mud, barbed wire, fire and all kinds of fun! Am I ready for the challenge? Why not! At least at the obstacles I will be able to stop running, so I feel it’s 24 breaks from running. So, here’s the deal..I’ve done my research and most training plans are 12-14 weeks long which would have me starting Memorial Day Weekend for the August 26 Race Day. However, they all start with 3 and 4 mile runs so I think I better start early especially with the busy season upon me.
I’m not going to lie. I’m not going to sugar coat things.
Because if I can do this, so can you. 13.1 miles can’t be that bad, right?
So here are my current stats:
Height: 5 feet tall (yes that’s it)
Weight: 145
Pace: 11:20 min/mile
Here are the tools I plan to use during my training:
Map My Run (website & iphone app)
Emotional Support from anyone who willing to give it!

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