Sorry for the expletive in the title. Let me explain.
When I graduated c25k, I signed up for the York 10k Sunday just gone, and the Birmingham half marathon on the 19th November. I posted earlier in the week about how great I felt for having completed the 10k, and how I think it might be a bit challenging, but definitely possible, to double the distance from 10k to 21k in 3 months and a bit.
So in a quiet moment at work this morning, I decided to have a look at Garmin Connect's calendar scheduling thingy-mah-jay. Browsed through to November, and found that the 19th is a Wednesday. Uh oh. Strange. More than strange. Very unlikely.
Cue 5 minutes panic as I desperately tried to find the email confirmation from when I signed up. Found it. And it clearly states the date. 19th October.
Sheeeeet! (that's a technical term, btw, not an expletive). Flipping sugar, standing-on-the-head kind of sheet of paper. Sheeeeeeet.
So instead of about 14 weeks to get from 10k to 21k, it turns out I have 11 weeks, including the race day. With a two week taper, as most training plans suggests, that's 9 effective training weeks. Including this week that is halfway gone.
Gulp. This might be a bit more of a challenge than I had realised. And instead of adding 1 km each week to my long run, I'll need to add 10%. That in itself should not be an issue, I mean, what's 10% between friends, right? But what worries me most is that there is zero contingency. No allowance for having an off week, or for being sick or for losing the mojo again. Guess I'll just have to keep that mojo going.
On the other hand, nothing like a tight deadline to focus the mind, eh?! Apologies in advance if I start to spam-bomb the forum with updates to keep the motivation up