Half Way to Austin

Posted on January 11, 2013. Filed under: Running | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

half way

I’m over the hump.  This is week 7 of the 12 week training plan I’m following to get to the Austin Half Marathon on February 17.

Training for a half marathon was not one of my 2012 goals.  It hadn’t even crossed my mind.  I’ve completed 9 half marathons, but an injury in 2010 sidelined me, and until this past summer I hadn’t run farther than 6 miles. And I’d only done that once.

In September, I realized it was time.  What was the deciding factor?  There were a few.  Competing in a 5-miler next to a friend reminded me of the fun, social side of running.  Winter was approaching.  I’m convinced that I have bear blood in me.  Once the thermometer dips below, say, 40, all I want to do is curl up in a ball under a pile of blankets with a bag of Julio’s and a plate of cookies.  Now that’s hibernation.  And the holidays make it worse.  Maybe I’m part slug, part bear.  I didn’t want a repeat of last year’s near-comatose holiday season.

But the overwhelming reason was simple.  I was tired of being afraid.  Of injury. Of failing.  Of facing the possibility that I could no longer run distance.  I finally realized that if I didn’t try, I had already failed, and I would never run farther than 6 miles, period.

And here I am, ending week 7.  It hasn’t been easy to stick to the plan.  I was on vacation week 2, ending the Girls on the Run season week 3.  It was Christmas week 5 and New Year’s week 6.  I’m on my way to a conference during week 8.  There’s always something. But such is life. There always will be.

Knowing I would miss training days here and there each week, I did, however, commit to not missing particular runs:  intermediate and long runs, and speed work.  It’s paying off.  Here are some highlights of my training so far:

  1. I ran 7 miles.
  2. I ran 8 miles.
  3. I came in 2nd in my division in last week’s 10K.
  4. I’ve cut one minute off my mile.

Tomorrow I get to run 9 miles.  I am both nervous and excited as I see the distance grow each weekend.  But I am no longer afraid. Instead, I celebrate every moment.

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4 Responses to “Half Way to Austin”

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1. Yay!
2. Yay!!
3. Whoa. Congratulations!
4. Women and running – like cheese and fine wine.

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You are pretty amazing! Wished that I could have a training partner like you. Training for my last race was not as great as my first. And I’m not sure I’ll race at all this year, maybe Cap 10k.

I remember that feeling of running farther each weekend. Hang in there!

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Thanks! What’s amazing is that I’ve stayed away from Julio’s and cookies, for the most part, throughout my training. Until the neighborhood Girl Scout showed up at my door a couple of nights ago. Yes, it’s GS cookie time.

Nothing wrong with a 10K! Training for anything–whether it’s a race or simply self-improvement–is always fun. Or at least rewarding, in the end.

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