Every once in a while, it will come up and someone will mention how I “ran a half marathon” and I’m pretty quick to correct them that I “finished a half marathon”. I really came pretty close to half-walking, half-running it; I think my pace per mile was 13:45ish. To be fair to myself, I didn’t train for a certain pace. I trained to finish it, which I did and that was a major accomplishment. During the training process, I also stumbled across a love of running that I didn’t know I had.
That love had me running 10 to 15 miles a week since November just for the feeling it gave me, even, friends, on a treadmill. So when a half marathon appeared on my radar that at the time was only 7 weeks away, I was able to jump right into a training schedule mid-way through.
Next week I will be in Dallas for the Blissdom Conference and the Sunday after the conference is over, I will be running the Rock ‘n ‘Roll Half Marathon with a few blogging friends. I am planning to run a 10:30 minute/mile pace; last weekend I completed 11 miles at this tempo and it felt pretty good. It will be hard work, but I am feeling pretty motivated by this goal.
Also: Running! In shorts! Outside! Without snow on the ground! Can you imagine?
Most of my runs for this race have been done on a treadmill. By most I mean all but two at this point. I had been optimistic that the couple of weeks right before the event I would be able to move more of my runs outside so that I would have road legs but let’s be honest: March averages of 10″ of snowfall in Minneapolis – 9″ of which we got last week.
It will be interesting to see how my indoor training translates to the race course. Yes, interesting is the word. Also interesting will be hopping on a plane for 4 hours to fly home the evening after the race. May God have mercy on my quads.