Monday, December 08, 2014
Over the past few years I've done some pretty "interesting" things, many related to a healthy lifestyle. But I have to admit my latest decision is clearly encroaching on my comfort zone -- running my first half marathon!
The facts: 52nd Caesar Rodney Half Marathon, Wilmington, DE, Sunday March 22, 2015
The factors that drove me to this: 1) A conversation I had back in December 2012 at the Tucson International Airport. It was the Monday following the Tucson Marathon. There is a Marathon, a half, and a 5K. I ran the 5K, my first race outside of Delaware. I ran my first sub 30 minute 5K that Saturday, which at the time seemed like an amazing feat! Anyway, there were a TON of runners at the airport heading home, most who had come to run in the full or half marathon, as it is a Boston Marathon qualifier. So I was chatting with a woman who had run the full marathon, and of course I was awe struck! I told her my story, which was quite limited. But she reassured me -- I'd get the bug, move to a 10K race, then a half, then a full. At the time I thought she was insane. Little did I know that she was right! I got the bug! I did 3 10K's this year!
2) The 10K's! My first was in May -- and I LOVED it!! I loved the distance, the inner peace, the joy! The July 10K was tough -- warm -- but I proved I could do it, in spite of the heat! Then came what I consider my "perfect" race -- my first sub 60 minute 10K at the end of November! It was that race that convinced me that I could do a half!
3) Training. One of the things I was so proud of leading up to my "perfect" race last month was sticking to my training plan.
So I've already established my training plan for what I consider my biggest physical challenge in my entire life! I have a 5K coming up on 12/31, then it is full steam ahead in getting ready for my first half. I'll get in at least one 5K during that time -- I won't miss running in the Delaware Special Olympics "Run to the Plunge" on 02/01/2015, but my focus will be getting ready for the half. The nice part -- it benefits the American Lung Association! So you can bet I'll be doing some fund raising, and I'm betting some of my usual contributors will be shocked to see what I'll be up to!
So yeah, a big GULP, but surprisingly, I am confident that I can achieve this goal. Because I am sure come 2016 I'll be thinking -- how hard can a full marathon be??