no one has ever been humbled by jogging

"if all we want to do is feel good about ourselves, jogging is the ticket. it doesn't challenge us. it doesn't test us. it doesn't exact a physical or psychological toll. worst case scenario is, jogging may cause mild persperation on color-coordinated sweat suits. but if we're willing to push ourselves into unchartered territory, a place littered with broken bodies and remnants of the human psyche, running may be what we're looking for. without question, it dishes out more than heaping helpings of humble pie than any sport we know of. little wonder that so few people have the fortitude to lace up and run like an animal." --this quote is from an ad in a running magazine.

today is day 1 of my 14-week training plan for the seattle rock 'n roll half marathon. i ran my first race back in november and felt like i under-trained; so this time, i'm using the new balance training program to get me prepared to conquer seattle with rich.

i'm going to use this blog as my journal to record my training experiences:

* my running progress
* cross-training
* how i felt during workouts
* my motivations - music, quotes, tv shows, stories, and most importantly, MY friends (facebook statuses are VERY motivating)

so come along and follow if you like...

day 1 - 45 minutes of running at an easy or moderate pace:

i wanted to run outside but it was so windy today i went to golds for a tortuous treadmill run. i can't stand running on a treadmill; its so boring and for some reason, i run slower on them. the treadmills in front of the big screen tv's were all taken so i had to go upstairs to the ones that look outside at condos. snore. three minutes into the run i was dying; wanted to quit. i had to change things up to make it interesting so i started over again with this:

0:00 - 3:00 - walk at 3.5, 1% incline
3:00 - 10:00 - run at 5.0, 1% incline
10:00 - 11:00 - run at 7.0, 1% incline
11:00 - 13:00 - recover at 5.0, 1% incline
13:00 - 14:00 - run at 7.0, 1% incline
14:00 - 16:00 - recover at 5.0, 1% incline
16:00 - 17:00 - run at 7.0, 1% incline
17:00 - 19:00 - recover at 5.0, 1% incline
19:00 - 20:00 - run at 7.0, 1% incline
20:00 - 22:00 - recover at 5.0, 1% incline
22:00 - 26:00 - run at 5.5, 1% incline
26:00 - 27:00 - run at 6.0, 1% incline
27:00 - 28:00 - run at 5.9, 1% incline
28:00 - 29:00 - run at 5.8, 1% incline
29:00 - 30:00 - run at 5.7, 1% incline
30:00 - 31:00 - run at 5.6, 1% incline
31:00 - 32:00 - run at 5.5, 1% incline
32:00 - 33:00 - run at 5.4, 1% incline
33:00 - 34:00 - run at 5.3, 1% incline
34:00 - 35:00 - run at 5.2, 1% incline
35:00 - 36:00 - run at 5.1, 1% incline
36:00 - 40:00 - run at 6.00, 1% incline
40:00 - 41:00 - run at 6.00, 5% incline
41:00 - 42:00 - run at 6.00, 4% incline
42:00 - 43:00 - run at 6.00, 3% incline
43:00 - 44:00 - run at 6.00, 2% incline
44:00 - 45:00 - run at 6.00, 1% incline

what pulled me through?