Last night I had a hard time sleeping. There were things on my mind that kept me awake, but also – HALF MARATHON TRAINING.
So, I’ve decided to run a half. It was a tough decision, actually. I’ve already done a half and a marathon – why not just train for another marathon? Last week, I went to bed convinced I was going to train for a marathon. Luckily, I had come to my senses when I woke up. My body was like, “WAIT A SECOND JENNY, let’s recap.”
-I had not been running with my groups for over a year
-I have not been consistently running anything over 3 or 4 miles for over a year
-I had been extremely burned out from running for over a year
Not really an ideal conditions for marathon training.
But I figured training for a half would be better for me. It would quench my craving to return to running and social running groups. And since the training program is six months long, it will also help me get back into long-distance running without putting too much stress on the body.
It was a decision I grappled with even up until this morning, but I’m confident that it was the best decision. I mean, a half is still 13.1 miles. I can’t let the accomplishment of running a half marathon get skewed.
This morning I excitedly drove to the meeting area, just like I used to for marathon training. After announcements from an overly perky coach, we split up into our groups. I’m in the yellow group, 9:30 – 9:45 min/mile pace. It’s the same pace group I was in for marathon training, and I’m really happy in it.
I had brought my iPod with me for our inaugural two-mile run, but I didn’t even need it this morning. I was chatting with one of my teammates and our coach. The weather was pretty comfortable, in the high 70s, though a little humid. One of my teammates moved from Wisconsin. She freaked out when I told her I’m 29. “You look 22!” she said.
We finished our run at a comfortable 19:50; since we were training to run the same pace as we would a longer run, we were told not to exhaust ourselves by running a faster pace.
Afterwards we stretched, and chatted more.
It feels so good to be back and running on the trails again! It makes me so happy to be running again and training for something. Now I need to get busy and buy supplies for the months ahead, like Gu and sport beans. I need to find my trusty Spibelt. And I need to load my iPod with some good tunes to keep me going. My first half was completed at a very comfortable, slow pace. I really want to improve my PR and get as close to the 2 hour mark as possible.
I can’t wait.