Running has never really been my "sport". I really disliked running in high school and I warmed up to it a bit in college. Anybody else feel this way? I am trying to make it my thing. I have now completed the Monument Avenue 10K in 2015 and 2016 plus too many 5ks to count! But it has been my goal to run a half marathon for over 4 years now. It is on number 37 my 101 in 1001 list and I was beginning to get a little worried that I wouldn't complete one. BUT I'm happy to announce that I have signed up for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon on November 12th.
I am fairly nervous about this half, but I am so excited to finally be completing this goal! Sports Backers is holding their 8th year of the half marathon training so I know by the time the Half gets here I will be very prepared for it!
I had my first welcome/introductory training run last Saturday and it just stood to remind me I have a long way to go. We ran 3 miles and they were 3 tough ones. This past week was our first official training week. 3 days at 3 miles each. It has been so hot and humid here in Virginia I hadn't been running. I completely understand why I didn't run any this summer. Those runs this week were pretty killer. I was slow and drinched by the time I finished those 3 miles. But I'm looking at it as just more room for improvement. By the time race day gets here I will have improved greatly, the weather will have cooled down significantly and I know I will be very proud of myself and how far I've come!
I am so excited to share little tid bits of helpful hints along my journey that can hopefully help y'all with whatever race you are preparing for. The first one being, if you know there is a camera man nearby taking pictures always smile! You hate to be caught in an aweful face like I was. I will know better next time!
PS check out my coach friend who is looking quite stunning in his orange and penguin hat!
Smile, it's just one more mile!
What tips do you have for running a half marathon?