Half-Marathon Training {Weight Loss}

I am going to do a half-marathon. Me.

Yes, me.

I don’t really think that is all that crazy, but you’d be surprised at the looks I get when I tell people I am training to walk/jog a half-marathon.

Maybe I shouldn’t tell them such things as I am eating a breakfast taco in front of them?

I suppose not.


But, no really, I am going to do the Rock ‘N Roll San Antonio Half-Marathon in November of THIS year. And I am truly excited and I am truly terrified. Mostly I am terrified I’ll be too slow and have to get escorted off the course and won’t get my medal.

And I would be livid if I went through all this training and then didn’t get my medal because I did NOT FINISH.

Oh my lord. Seriously. Thoughts like that cruise through my mind at least 10 times a day. Also cruising through my mind 100’s of times a day is the joy I think I’ll feel when I cross that finish line and get my medal.

A bit obsessed with the medal, eh? I am. Definitely.

I am following this half-marathon training plan meant for walkers, in addition to still attending 1-hour Zumba classes 2-3 times a week and strength training.

It is a lot of exercise, and yet I am still bulbous. For as much as I have exercised this year, I feel like my body doesn’t show it. What it does eloquently show is my love of breakfast tacos. And margaritas. And Whataburger.

While I fully feel I will eventually get better and hopefully achieve a 14-15 minute mile in time for the race, I still haven’t conquered the food demons. In late April, I had gotten down to about 26 pounds loss. Today I weighed in, and I am 21 or so lost. I am so pissed with myself because in 2 months I’ve essentially made NO progress. The year is almost half over, and I am not halfway to goal weight. I didn’t hit the 50 pounds mark by BlogHer like I wanted to. I just completely and utterly gave up and lost focus with food journaling from about late April til about a week ago. That is so much time wasted, and it almost makes me sick to my stomach to think about it. I could have made so much more progress if I hadn’t thrown in the towel.

Looking back, I don’t know why I got off track. I mean, I went to a conference, but that week I inadvertently lost 2 pounds because of food poisoning. I think I just wanted to eat all the foods I had forbade myself since January 1st. I went nuts—like food was going to all of a sudden disappear and I’d be left to starve. My other reasoning behind my diet hiatus is that I let work overwhelm me. Extremely. Then I used food to cope with it knowing food does nothing to help cure problems.

Food demons, I tell ya.

I am back on track as much as I can be, again. This time around I am not going to be super militant about it. I have increased my calories and just plan on not eating that many of my exercise calories earned. If I slip up, I am going to track it and make better choices the next time. I think it’s about time I find a balance so that this will be a lifestyle rather than a 12-month diet.


I do have a few questions for you lovely readers, especially those of you who walk/run/exercise outdoors.

1.) I need headphones. The cheapo $3 pair I got from Wal-Mart slip out of my ears because I am sweating buckets when I do my outdoor walks. And I wear glasses. So with those 2 things in mind, what do you recommend?

2.) I need new tunes. What songs pump you up when you’re running/walking? My fave song lately is The Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga followed by Selfish by Britney Spears.

3.) Any tips to get through this half-marathon training? Any tips to get me to my goal weight without anymore unplanned hiatuses?

I’m on the edge of glory. I just know it.



  1. MiriamR
    June 25, 2011 / 9:04 pm

    good for you! some song that I currently LOVE to work out to is yeah 3 times

  2. Brooke
    June 25, 2011 / 10:19 pm

    i just have the classics on my pay list – lose yourself, fighter, kryptonite, and a lot of upbeat Jesus music. next to download "Forget You" by Cee Lo Brown

  3. Jeanette
    June 26, 2011 / 3:11 am

    I've been using Skulk Candy Ink'd headphones from target. 🙂

  4. annie
    June 26, 2011 / 10:20 am

    I did my first half marathon last year – followed runnersworld smart coach. I printed it out, hung it up and checked it off every day. Agree with Forget you and Lose yourself. I'm working on a running tunes list post to be up soon.You can do it!

  5. From Katy's Kitchen
    June 27, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    I thought I'd commented on your Facebook post but I don't see it there. I pick running songs based off of a good beat to keep me going. These are my favorites:Lots of Glee songs (especially Dog days are over, any way you want it, marry you, river deep mountain high and jump)LMFAO's Party Rock AnthemMartin Solveig's Hello (this is that song in the Trident commercial)Pit Bull songs (like Give me everything tonight and I like it with Enrique and JLo's On the Floor)Hot Chelle Rae's Tonight TonightNeon Trees' AnimalKesha's We R Who We RFlo Rida's Club Can't Handle MeLa Roux's BulletproofABBA's Voulez Vous & Gimme Gimme GimmeKanya's StrongerRihanna's Please Don't Stop the Music

  6. Brittany
    June 28, 2011 / 3:07 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU! And so proud of you for doing this 🙂 Now get yourself some dri fit work out clothes… makes ALLLLL the difference in the world!