Last year, I signed up for and ran in the nation's largest half marathon, the 500 festival Indy mini marathon. That race was my first half marathon. I trained for months on end, and ended up running pretty well. Afterward, I continued to run, but not to train. I missed some of the other exercises and workouts I was used to doing, but didn't have time for during training. You can read more about that here.
My husband and I have been discussing whether we wanted to run the Indy mini again this year or not. Turns out, we will be out of town on the date of the race, so that answered that. After a little bit of searching, I found that our neighboring city has a half marathon race a few weeks earlier in April. Carmel puts on a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 8k, and 5k.
I signed up for the half marathon - giving myself about 9 weeks from sign up day to race day. Now, I have been running so it's not all terrifying, but still, I will be pushing myself out of my comfort zone the next couple months. Especially because I plan to continue to keep up with my strength training in my CrossFit classes while training for the half.
I feel as though with the right training schedule and a healthy mentality, I will be able to conquer this. Will I beat my previous half marathon race time? Maybe not. But honestly, that's OK. As much of a competitor as I am, I am trying not to worry about my time. My main goal is to push my body and mind, proving to myself that the inner athlete in me still exists. And if I don't beat my time, maybe I will just have to sign up for another half :)
I will be sharing my training journey with you along the way, so be sure to check back for updates on this topic!