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Half marathon goal: 1 step back and 2 steps forward

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Today is November 10th, the day I had planned on running my first half marathon. That didn't happen. My training was going really well, but then all of a sudden, my schedule got unbelievably busy and I got off course.

I recently started taking family photos for people to make a little extra holiday cash. My normal long running day got gobbled up by photo sessions and I wasn't able to complete my 10 mile training run. My longest run that I had gotten up to previously was 8, this was to be my longest one before the race. Then, I went out of town. I had planned on doing 3 runs while I was there, 2 short ones and one long one. Well I did one 4 mile run and that was it, no other exercise. I know, I'm making excuses, but there they steps backward.

Anyways, so I decided instead of risking injury that I would hold off on the race. Luckily, I had yet to sign up so no money was wasted in this decision. I honestly don't really care about doing an actual "race". My goal is just to do a half marathon, and I love running alone anyways so my plan is now to get my training done and do the half marathon on my own. I have a stop watch and can plan a route, I don't need to pay for a race. I will take it week by week, but I'm hoping to do my "race" sometime in December.

So what are my step forwards in this case? First, I am proud of myself for deciding not to risk an injury. I know I could have finished the race and ran the whole thing even, but I also know that when I add mileage too quickly I end up hurting myself (usually in the form of plantar fasciitis or shin splints). So I am patting myself on the back for taking care of my body! If I had walked away from this with an injury, it would have been a much bigger set back. Secondly, this morning for my long run, I ran a 6.34 mile route. I took my mileage back down, before I'm going to bring it back up. I felt really great, and I really had the confidence at that distance to push myself to go a little faster when I felt good. I took a full minute off my previous best time for that route. 55:38!

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    emoticon to go on a great 10K time. Keep seeking balance and taking care of you.
    1557 days ago
    You listened to your body and did the best thing for it... you should be proud! Let me know if you're going to do the half marathon in December - I may do some of it with you (virtually, of course) You did emoticon
    1563 days ago
    1564 days ago
    You made a great decision! And...that is a great time for a 6.3 mile run!
    1565 days ago
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