With just 12 weeks (or maybe 11 and 6 days) to go until my half (my very first half, since I ended up being unable to run the one I signed up for in July), there are a few things I need to remember. If you have advice for me that I might not have thought of, leave me a note - I am a bit nervous and would appreciate hearing your experiences.
- Sleeping is just as important as training. When you can't get enough sleep (especially on a regular basis), you aren't going to do yourself any good on the treadmill, on a trail, in your job or just in a normal day. Don't feel bad about sleeping when you need to.
- Your training plan will work if you follow a particular schedule. I actually coach on a youth swim team, and am at the pool every Tuesday and Thursday night after I leave my day job. This means I either run in the morning, or I run at 8:30 at night. Which do you think I prefer? (This is a trick question: the answer is really neither. But running the morning is easier than at night in this case!)
- Not to eat everything in sight. This is particularly important on swim days. How can swimming possibly make anyone so hungry?!
- Running fast is not always the most important thing. If I wanted to run fast, I would stick to 5ks. I have never run a half before, like I said, and right now I need to remember that I am running for endurance, not for speed. It is OK to run "slow" - really it just means you're slower than other people.
- The altitude around my neighborhood is 6,500 feet. The altitude in Las Vegas is 2,000 feet. That's a noticeable difference. It's gonna be fine.
- No matter what happens, it's gonna be fine. Have fun!
|Remember that one time I ran a 10k?|
I'm still a work in progress with this running thing, but that's OK. Maybe someday I'll progress to a marathon, since it's something I still would really like to do. Maybe someday I'll bust out my bike and do a triathlon. Maybe someday I'll stop worrying about what other people think when they see me running, and just run because I like it.
And for once in my life, I can actually do it.