A few months back, I pondered the idea of being “just a 5k runner.” Last week, I shared that I signed up for a 10k, allowing over ten months to prepare. Well, that 10k is going to be my cooldown. We signed up for a half marathon! That was my one Black Friday sale purchase; we decided to sign up because they offered a code.
The race isn’t until May, allowing six months to prepare. While researching half-marathon training plans, it’s becoming clear that a runner can prepare for one in twelve to sixteen weeks. I can continue to do my short (for others) runs during the weeks and aim to increase my distance by 1-1.5 miles weekly during a long run on the weekend. Even if I miss a little bit of training due to New England winters and have to backtrack when the weather gets warmer, I will have plenty of time to be ready. My running friends and I have committed to running together on the weekends.
Why am I doing this?
- To prove to myself that I can set a goal and reach it
- To finally conquer my self-doubt when it comes to running
- Hopefully, to lose some of the ten pounds that have crept up in the last two years
- To be vulnerable and supportive and work towards a goal with some amazing people
- So I can put a cool 13.1 sticker on my Subaru (only kinda kidding)
Now comes the hard part, besides the training itself. I need to tell people I’m doing it. It took a long time to tell people I was running. I still preface any running talk by saying, “I’m not fast, but I’m doing it.” Just as I was initially nervous to reveal to people that I was running, I am nervous to tell people I am training for a half-marathon. I’ve never run for than four and a half miles in a row. I’m not fast. But I am running. And I am running towards a goal.