Currently I'm on Week 3 of my half marathon training. While I haven't run a marathon yet, half marathons are my favorite distance so far. In December I will be running #5 but I see 50 more in my future - hopefully!
In the past when I've trained for my half marathons, I've always just run. I've switched between plans that want you to run a certain number of miles a day or a certain amount of time a day. I've never really cross-trained or did strength training. I haven't been able to get on the yoga train yet but I keep meaning too.
For this training cycle I found a plan on Self.com. I liked how it mixed things up with cross training, strength training, yoga, speed workouts, hill workouts etc. I like to run 4-5 days a week and I can easily fit a 3-4 mile run in during my work week.
Since I got my Garmin last year and finally knew what my pace was, I've been secretly wanting to get faster. I can't be the only one that enjoys hearing their watch go off after a run saying "New Record!" While I'm being realistic with my goal because I know I will never be one of those 7 minute milers, I am hoping I can make it down to 9 minutes and run a sub 2 hour half marathon. Even if it ends up being 1:59 - that's under 2 hours to me!
I keep telling myself that it's not a big deal if I don't get it, because really it's not, but I really want to. The good thing is that I have the next 9 weeks to work on my speed during my training runs and to start believing in myself that it may be possible.
It also helps that I'm running the race for more than just myself. Fundraising for MDA reminds me to be thankful for each and every run, good or bad. I get to do something I enjoy immensely while bringing awareness and hopefully one day a cure to MDA. I don't know anyone affected by it but it's still a cause that means a lot to me.
Come December 7th, I'll have butterflies and nerves when I line up at the start line. I may reach my goal or fall a few minutes short. But the most important thing is that I got there and tried. One of my favorite quotes is:
Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.