Sometimes, things in your life time themselves out perfectly. The pieces fall into place and it seems like whatever it is is just meant to be.
That’s how within the last 24 hours I’ve decided to run my first half marathon.
The half marathon — 13.1 miles for the uninitiated — has been on my bucket list since I became a runner four years ago. But a combination of things like a) fear and b) an unforgiving work schedule during race season has kept me from seriously pursuing the distance as a goal.
Besides, I like the 5K. And even the 10K. Those are manageable distances. They take less than an hour.
But this is about more than maintenance. I know I’m not an imposter because I’ve only run short distances, but something about a truly long-distance race appeals to the side of me that still believes I’m not a real runner. It’s the next step I have to take.
The idea occurred to me on Sunday night while listening to a running podcast. I realized this fall is going to be less demanding on my schedule from a work standpoint (and I refuse to run my first half marathon in the dead of summer). Maybe I can actually do it now.
When is the Chicago Half Marathon? September 24.
How long would that give me to train? 16 weeks.
What training plan do I want to use? The Run, Selfie, Repeat First Half Marathon Training Plan.
How long does that allow for? 16 weeks.
Then I texted my sister.
So now that my fall is a little lighter, I’m thinking about running the chicago half on Sept. 24.
Do it! I still have a lot of work to do but I’m planning on doing it
So with the timing working out perfectly and a potential running mate, I figured it was meant to be.
I planned it all out Monday, which also happened to be the first day of my plan. I’ll run four times a week, with three easy runs followed by a long run each Saturday. I have each run entered on to my “fitness” Google calendar. This is happening.
I went on my first run last night. I did 3 miles at a 10:08 pace, which I am actually very happy with. I’ve been running much more lately (I had a 5K on Saturday, have another one on Wednesday and yet another scheduled for next Tuesday!) and I can see myself getting some lost speed back. Last night’s run was even faster than my last 5K (which, to be fair, included a monster hill). My next training run will be Wednesday’s 5K — The Big Run for Global Running Day.
Am I scared? Hell yeah! The longest I’ve ever run is 8 miles, so this will be pushing way past my comfort zone. But I’m looking forward to the challenge — and sharing every step of it here.
It will definitely be hard. But I know it will be worth it.