Contemplating a Half Marathon...
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
A friend of mine asked me if I wanted to train for a half marathon together. While that sounds like an amazing goal, I am very hesitant to commit.
I've entertained this idea before and even entered the beginning stages of training. I tried to do much, too fast, and ended up with severe shin splints. Ever since then, I've had to be really careful with my running. If I try to increase my mileage even slightly, I can feel the shin splints starting to return. It's almost like they've never gone away.
That said, I am in better shape now than I have been in a long time. I have built a good amount of muscle, which should help prevent injuries. I also know how to stretch and ice properly, although I don't always do it. I haven't run more than four miles in a long time, but I have almost four months to prepare.
Still, I'm afraid of committing and then not being able to follow through. I like to finish what I start, and I don't want to be disappointed if I don't make it to the finish line. I'll never know unless I try, but I need to decide if this is something I really want. I'll need that mental fortitude to get me through the long runs. I also want to make sure it is something I can do without hurting myself. I'll let you know what I decide!