Phew! It’s been a wild ride since the start of my training journey.
There have been ups and downs during the training (and certainly during the race itself), but it was all worth it to say that I ran a Half.
Here’s what I learned.
Do what you love.
For starters, I’ll be the first to admit that I had a hard time getting myself to do my long runs, even though they were only once a week.
I love to do 3-5 mile runs, but have a hard time doing 9+ mile runs. So while running a marathon was initially on my bucket list, I might stick to 5 & 10Ks for a while.
Push yourself…but not past your breaking point.
AKA: Know what the difference between a wall and an injury.
When we started training, Sheena and I really wanted to break 2 hours, which put us at around a 9:15 mile/hour pace. Once we (both) started running distances as long as 9-10 miles, we started having pain issues that have affected us in the past (Sheena with her calf muscle and me with my knees). Since we both decided that it wasn’t worth it to push ourselves so hard that we’d actually cause an injury. Both being 20-something, we plan on running many, many more races.
Plus, running also follows one of the most important rules of yoga: you have to listen to your body. If you can push it, push it. If you can’t, don’t. Simple as that.
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Have a goal, but also have fun.
Since it was my first half and Sheena’s third, we both agreed that we were no longer going to run for time, but that we were simply going to finish (and finish without walking). We did just that, finishing in just over 2 hours and 25 minutes.
The best part? We weren’t dead after. We were both certainly tired the day of the race and a little sore the day after, but nothing compared to what we would’ve felt if we pushed ourselves too hard, time-wise.
All in all, so glad that I ran a Half and equally glad to cross it off my bucket list! 🙂
Have you run a half marathon? What did you learn?