Sunday, October 21, 2012
Today I completed my third half-marathon this year. It's funny to think that I was doing one 5K per year until last year when I took the leap (see 9/22/11 blog - First Half Marathon, Oh Yeah!). After that half-marathon my city held it's inaugural marathon that also included a half-marathon. Both times I walked. Not quire ready for running. After participating in the September 2012 half-marathon a friend suggested the Grand Rapids half-marathon when registration closed for the Detroit Free Press Marathon/Half. That was today. I was a little nervous doing two half-marathons within a month of each other. I took extra care of myself. I continued strength training and walked with a purpose. I did not do the regular training where I would kick out three miles per day. I walked throughout the day because I feared getting bored before the date and drop out at the last minute. Last Friday I had a sports massage where the masseuse helped me stretch my hip flexors, IT band, and glutes. Boy, did I feel good. On the day of the half-marathon (earlier today) I started my usual walk. I felt really good and decided to jog a part of each mile. What's funny is that my heart rate monitor would beep within a minute of me slowing down. The beeping was alerting me that my heart rate had dropped below the fat-burning range. Well, geez, I thought I needed to slow down. I was running from tree to tree. When I thought I did enough I stopped, but that blasted heart rate monitor started telling me I wasn't doing enough so I began jogging again. My goal was to finish in 3 1/2 hours. My clock time was 3:29:43 so I was fine with shaving 17 seconds off my PR. Then I checked the website results. My chip time was 3:24:39. I shaved off over 5 minutes! Yay me! I am becoming addicted to these half marathons and love that I am improving with each one because I learn so much about myself and how my body works. If this is something you have been contemplating I would suggest you to talk to your doctor then be like Nike and just do it.