Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Well, I did it. I signed up for the Gulf Coast Half Marathon to take place in February 2014. I swore off long distance running in 2011 after having participated in four half marathons and a number of 10ks and 5ks. With each distance race, I got slower and less inspired. The frustration and disappointment creeped in. So I decided to leave endurance training. I celebrated the decision with two special Sparkfriends who joined me in snowy/cold Wisconsin for my "last" race, a Valentine's Day 15K.
That was nearly two years ago. A lot has happened in that time mostly involving two teenagers, one lively foreign exchange student and a bittersweet cross-country move. I never stopped running but I was no longer wed to a training plan or set of expectations. I began to bike more, walk more and even learned to love yoga, something I never thought I'd enjoy. While the time has been somewhat directionless, I haven't been sedentary.
A few months ago, I opened my big mouth to a friend in my new home town. I told her how we should do a half marathon together. (Where did that come from?!) We both had recently moved from the cold/snowy Midwest to the balmy (and surprisingly hilly) Gulf Coast. The warmer temps and humidity were kicking our butts during routine runs so we began longing for those brisk Wisconsin mornings we used to complain about. One thing led to another and here I am signed up for a half marathon in 12 weeks. The good news is that the course is FLAT (like much of Wisconsin!) and the ave. low is 43. A Gulf Coast February is much like a Wisconsin May. Perfect. For. Running.
I am having some difficulty wrapping my head around half marathon training again. Three miles used to be a breeze but now I huff and puff my way through it. (Although the hills on foot and bike around here have made inclines a little easier.) I know it means I need to slow down and leave all former expectations behind. So that's what I will be focusing on in the weeks ahead - to enjoy each training run, train according to "feel" and leave the rest.
After a two year break, the countdown is ON!