15K and a dilemma

I was perusing the event calendar for my local running store (The Track Shack) when I spotted a 15K. The races in my area are dominated by 5K’s and I want to branch out, try something new so this race really spoke to me.

So far in my running I have been cautious. I do not want to get injured, or push myself further than a beginner should, so I have played it safe.

Jeff Galloway recommends runners not start doing any speed training until they have run one year and done six weeks of hills. That seemed reasonable, so my plan has been to start adding hills one day per week, continue running three days a week with a long run on the weekend where I slowly add mileage. The next phase after the six-weeks of hills, was to start training for my first half on November 20th.

My goal was/is to run the Women’s Half-Marathon in St. Pete on November 20th.

Here’s the dilemma, can a beginner do both of these races?

I looked around a little and found a beginners training plan for the 15K from Hal Higdon that seems doable. The half is 8 weeks after the 15K. Is that to close together? I think with the race distances being similar in distance, that it seems like it can work.

Do you have any advice for me? Any training plan recommendations?


Bar Louie and the return of J

J was in LA last week for E3. It was nice to have the house to myself but I missed him. (Not as much as the cats who spent nearly the entire week sleeping and moping around.) It just goes to show, I am only second best to those cats to J. He came back yesterday morning and we were able to have a nice evening on Saturday.

We went to Bar Louie in Dr. Phillips for a casual dinner before a movie.

J had the Buffalo Style Crispy Calamari for an appetizer. He thought it was different and he really liked it. 

We split chips with guacamole, salsa, and queso.

I had the Grilled Veggie Wrap. It was huge and I only could eat half but it will be good for lunch today.

J had The Luigi which is shaved ribeye, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil.

We had a good time even though some of us needed more prompting than others. Smile for the camera J.

After dinner we went to see Super 8 on the IMAX at Pointe Orlando. It was a great movie and I would definitely recommend it.

Does your city have upside down buildings? Orlando does.

I also spotted police officers on horse back give someone (in a car) a ticket.

Now I need to head out the door for some grocery shopping. Stay tuned for my next post on running my first 15K. I am working on putting together a training plan (the race is the end of September) but have never raced anything longer than a 5K so I’m nervous/excited.

What did you do on Saturday?