Where is this half-marathon talk coming from? Oh, yeah… I’m running a half marathon next week.
Sometime in early September I discovered that I was easily running 5 miles. Pounding the hot, dirty Philly streets in 90 degree weather and the Cape May nature trails on the weekends, loving every minute of the sunshine, warm-weather filled treks. During one of my usual runs I had this burst of motivation and decided to push myself to commit to training for a half-marathon.
The motivation came from the fact that I was running 4 or 5 miles with ease! You see, last spring I picked up running again because I realized I was starting to lose my endurance. As someone who was pretty active, even through college when many people give up sports or working out, I was used to being able to just go for a 2 mile run, no problem, without preparing for it. However, last April I found myself struggling to get through a mile. A mile! That freaked me out. So in August or early September when I ran my first 5 miles, chatting with a friend throughout the run and then going home barely sore, I realized I should really keep pushing myself.
Now I’m a week away from my first half with one more long run left. Eleven miles. It will be my first double digit run and that’s a little intimidating but I’ve already run 9 miles, twice. Once you get past 6 or so it is really about ‘knowing you can.’ Mind over matter. At this point I know I can run a half and I will.
And the best part- picking out my race day outfit! Stopped into Athleta today and was floored with their selection of edgy but practical running gear. I would have loved to buy my whole race day outfit but I stopped myself before my bank account whimpered. I did get those ‘reverse mullet’ leggings, as my friend calls them (party in the front, biz in the back). A flashy pair of tights are a race day essential. #funtights
I am on the fence about how many layers I should wear. It’s going to be chilly but hopefully not bitter cold. Any tips?