a spring half marathon
trained and done.
and it was an interesting ride.
the half training plan i follow lasts 12 weeks regardless of the race. i started this round with a goal based on speed. but four days in, it started to feel a lot like my marathon training. i was tired and wished it was over, so i took it down a notch.
tip one: if you are training and feel constantly tired, wishing every run would just end, you may need to reevaluate and take it down a notch. it’s ok.
winter is not the best running time for me. don’t get me wrong, i love the seasons. but winter is supposed to be my hibernation period, a break from race training. signing up for a race in the spring kind of blew that for me.
and this year life happened and my running became a struggle. illnesses, stress at work, some sad stuff… life in general took a toll on me. i was doing a lot of moaning and groaning on my way to the gym or out the door to get a run in.
tip two: if life interferes, juggle your training schedule. if it is motivation you need, change your route or music… try a new gel or chew. just get your toosh out the door and run. you will feel better in the end that you ran. trust me.
and i missed five days of training this round. five.
tip three: if you miss a run or two during training, be careful. especially when it is a continuous cycle. a day here or there is ok, but a full week or two is sketchy. you do not want to end up with an injury.
Owen’s Corning Half Marathon
i threw caution to the wind the night before and made lasagna. i ate two huge servings. not smart i know.
but i woke up tummy trouble free. i drank my coffee, guzzled some water and ate my half bagel with Justin’s butter. this time the chocolate hazelnut version, because that was all i could find in a single serving packet at the grocery store… and it was good.
and this was my first race running with marathoners. we started at the same time with a split over 8 miles in. watching those runners run through the 26.2 archway, as i made my way over to the 13.1, was a huge motivation. i thought, “you have about 5 miles to go, they have 18.”
that was enough to keep me going.
the route weaved in and out and up and down a few hilly streets (eek). but it was a beautiful route. we ran through neighborhoods with tree lined streets and spotted only one or two disgruntled drivers which was super nice.
and i finished.
i had to use my smartphone to help me get back to my parking spot. yes, i was that person holding their phone and moving in the direction of the arrow.
tip four: the more races you do, the more comfortable you will become going solo. even though you do not have a running buddy or significant other with you, the crowds cheering you on and the volunteers will keep you motivated. they are amazing.
and of course i stopped at Five Guys to get my burger and fries after! that’s the important part anyway, right?! 😉 and i even ran into a few fellow race runners while i was there.
now off to grab an ice cream sandwich.
yup, still hungry.