I did 3 half marathons in 2014, and none in 2015 (mostly due to getting married and all the things that go along with that. I was planning on doing the Dolphin Challenge (8k + Half) at Shamrock last year, but plantar fasciitis kept me out of it, so I deferred to this year.
My heart really wasn’t in it this year. I mostly decided to run it because I had paid for it, I paid to defer it, I wanted to complete it from a Type A perspective. I’ve been mourning the loss of a personal trainer (moved on to new opportunities), I’ve gained weight from being married and happy (its a real thing!), I had a less than mediocre training plan, and I had my fall a few weeks ago that interrupted my training.
I had already made up my mind well before Shamrock that this would be my last half for awhile. I talked about that some last year. I don’t see myself doing a half marathon anytime in the near future. I don’t enjoy training for them, I don’t enjoy what they do to my body, they make me injury prone…so I don’t want to do them. At least for the foreseeable future.
That being said. I’m glad I ran this past weekend. Even though it was my slowest half to date, the weather was miserable, etc….I ran/walked a great mental race. I succeeded so much mentally, and that is a huge win for me.
I’m very much looking forward to my race schedule for the rest of the year. I have a bunch of 5ks, a 7k (cool!), a 5 miler, and a 10k. I don’t really plan on doing anything longer than a 10k for awhile.
I’m looking forward to training for shorter distances, for not feeling pressured to have this enormous training plan with long runs, the opportunity to mix up my workouts and not focus just on running, etc.
Thanks for letting me think out loud and process how I’m feeling. I know that I’ll be much more engaged with my training and my running by backing off of distances I don’t love. Thanks for all the support you’ve given me and continue to give me!
Love you guys!