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Ready

Remember last post where I said that I was not going to over think the Half too much, welp, I lied.  I’ve been weather stalking and cultivating a nice little ball of nervous energy in the pit of my stomach.  Sigh.  My last taper run helped ease some of my nervous energy a bit and now I have to just focus on having f-u-n.    

The training is done! I did it! There is definitely a lot of pride and satisfaction in checking off all those weeks of work.  I’m happy that I was able to get through 12+ weeks of training with out any illness or missed weeks.  I stayed healthy with the exception of a little knee pain every once in a while.  So unless I trip over my cat or step on a Lego, I think I should show up to the race pretty healthy and in one piece.  

When I reflect back on my training, I am really pleased how it went.  Not too many shit runs (if any at all) and I got to run in Houston; Chicago; and New York City.  Not too shabby! I got to run with my cousin in her very first 5K; I got to run with my bestie on a very snowy 8K course, and I had the pleasure to run the entire length of Central Park in New York with my Husband.  I ran 8 miles with a local running club (then tacked on an extra three miles!); and found a really nice and peaceful trail where I logged my first double digit run! I really can’t complain about this training cycle at all.  

On a really brisk 9 Miler, a car honked in a show of support (I’m just going to go with that because I can’t think of another reason why I would be honked at).  On the 10 Miler, a gaggle (?) of cyclists all shouted good morning in unison to me as I made my way through my last mile.  That left a smile of my face so freaking wide I probably looked liked a moron, but whatevs.  

When I ran my first ever mile without stopping way back in 2011, I was so proud and excited.  Never did I really think that I would be running a half marathon.  I didn’t think I had it in me. But, I guess I do because here I am. I’m ready to start. I’m ready to cross the line.

I’m just ready. 

 

 

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Taper Time.

Hey ya’ll you guys! Guess what I’m doing this week! Tapering, ya’ll! This is like, a huge milestone in my life.  This is my first taper and I feel like I need to document this moment in time.  My first half marathon is this Sunday and I successfully made it through my training plan! Tapering is weird.  I thought that I would really enjoy the low mileage week but it feels all wrong.  I feel like I should be running more and I am slighting worried that I’ll forget how to run this week. But on the flip side, I feel like I have all this free time on my hands to do stuff.  Which kinda sucks, because I have more time to worry about forgetting how to run.  Oh God.  People don’t forget how to run do they? DO THEY?!?!

So, I’m trying to have a relaxed week and not over think the Half too much.  The training is done, I put in the effort, I am proud of my effort so I’m trying to focus on that this week.  

Each day I’ll try to recap some of my favorite moments from training.  Here’s today’s:

Realizing I can run long(er) distances! I remember feeling way overwhelmed when I looked at the half training program as a whole.   It’s really easy to get freaked out about running 12 miles when you haven’t even ran 6 yet, but I figured out pretty quickly to focus one week at a time. Sometimes I had to even knock it back to one day at a time. That’s a good life lesson, if you ask me.  One day at a time, one step at a time.  On race day, I’ll try to keep in mind that each step is bringing me closer to that finish line. 

 

 

 

 

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