Leaf Peeper Half
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Ever since the marathon ended, I’ve been feeling adrift. I’ve been exercising consistently and eating well, but I’m lacking motivation and purpose. I’m definitely the type of person who needs goals. I try to always be working on different projects and challenges, and when I don’t have one, I get a little antsy.
While training for the marathon (especially during the long runs), I knew I wanted to run a few half marathons after I was done. I really enjoy 12-mile runs, and at that point another 1.1 miles is not a big deal. So, once I had finished the marathon, and was able to walk again, I started looking at different halfs.
Last summer I started running consistently. My original goal was to train for the Leaf Peeper Half Marathon, which is only an hour away from my house. It takes place during foliage season, and I’ve been told it is a gorgeous route. I’ve also heard they give out great shirts, and I love race shirts.
Registration for the October race opens in June, and I was excited to sign up. I had to wait a week to have the money to cover the registration fee – unfortunately, the race filled up in less than a week. I was bummed and delayed my distance running until the fall, when I set out to train for a spring half and ended up running a marathon instead.
This year I was determined to get in. I even emailed the race coordinator to find out when registration would open. As soon as I saw that it was open, I signed up. I am excited to have a new goal – and lots of time to train for it. I’ve been easing into running again, and I am kind of enjoying running without any goals, pressure, or expectations.
My plan is to re-build my distance fairly quickly. I did 7 miles last weekend without any trouble and only stopped because I didn’t feel like pushing myself into pain. I’m going to take it easy and go up a mile a week (after this weekend, because we’re going camping!), and once I’ve got myself back up to 12 miles I’m going to work on getting faster.
I don’t always want to be a slow runner, and I know that if I focus and push myself, I can get a lot faster. Plus, if I work on a speedier half now, then I will have a much better 2nd marathon when I decide to do it again.