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 are...my 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!