26 September 2012

twenty seconds of insane courage

As much as I love fall, it's kinda killing my mojo this year.

Don't get me wrong. This isn't like last time. Running is still fun and I continue to look forward to my Friday runs. This past Friday it was just a wee bit chilly and the Metroparks were fairly absent of other people, so I could just focus on me and my run and it was, well, lovely. The overcast sky was messing up the GPS on my running app (or at least I presume that's what it was), so distance and pace weren't even factors. Which ended up being quite liberating.

But as the warm weather and bright days sunset into cool evenings and dark mornings, all I want to do is stay in bed just a little bit longer. Waking up early to work out during the week is getting harder and harder, even when I don't have to actually leave my bedroom to exercise.

My fourth 5K is next Saturday and my fifth is still a month away and as much as I am looking forward to running them, I knew deep down I needed something extra. Something with a little more oomph. Something to really get me excited and out of my autumnal ennui.


Like I often say: go big or go home, yes?

When the Rock 'n Roll Marathon Series announced a few months ago that they were coming to Cleveland, I first felt that spark of Hmmmm. Maybe... It's a big deal, running a half marathon. 13.1 miles. Farthest I've ever gone is 4.25. Of course, y'know, there are training schedules so it's not like I'm going to just show up at the starting line and expect to run thirteen miles.

And then I sorta forgot all about it. Oh, I'd vaguely tell people I was considering training for a half in 2013, but I never actually went beyond just the idea of it. Then last night, outta nowhere, I found myself on the registration site. Really, I couldn't even tell you what prompted me to check it out, but there I was. And I waffled, back and forth back and forth. I had no real excuse not to sign up, but my mind was going a million miles a minute with reason after reason why this was a bad idea. Or why it could wait until later. Or why I should just think about it some more.

But then, in one sheer moment of blind optimism, I registered. I registered for a half-marathon. Since it's non-refundable and non-transferable, there's no turning back now, kids.

I have no idea how I'll feel about running a half marathon. I may hate it, but at least I'll be able to say I did it. Or I may love it and move up to full marathons. No freaking idea, which is, of course, part of the fun. It's new and exciting and completely unlike anything I will have ever done before. Falls into that whole getting out of my comfort zone thing.

Now, to be fair, the Rock 'n Roll Cleveland Half Marathon isn't until October 2013. So I have, y'know, roundabout a year until this is something I really have to worry think about. Based on a twelve week training schedule, I don't need to start until mid-July, which means early morning runs before work are possible and by the time my fall fatigue sets in again next year I'll only be a few weeks out from the race.

But I'm excited already and love that I can officially say I'm training for a half marathon in 2013!

Any advice for a first time half marathon runner? 

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

11 comments:

  1. Ahhh! Congrats! I ran my first half in April and I am running two this fall, one in October and one in November. My advice, find a good training plan! I used this: http://www.nomeatathlete.com/half-marathon-roadmap/. I really liked it and I love Matt's site, nomeatathlete.com. My best advice is to get running shoes from an actual running store where they know what they are talking about! They should have a treadmill where you can take the shoes for a spin before buying. Also, get good running socks! They will help you prevent blisters. I use Wrightsocks, exclusively and I've never had a blister. Lastly, you'll have to learn to eat/drink while running. It is the crappiest part of the training, in my opinion, but super necessary. The No Meat Athlete training plan writes about it, though, as should any reputable training plan.

    Looking forward to updates about your training!

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    1. :) I love No Meat Athlete! I actually briefly considered training for a half over the summer and purchased Matt's half marathon roadmap. I didn't run the half (obviously), but I already have the training plan. I'm glad to know it comes recommended, though!

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  2. I started training for a half marathon..thinking I was going to do the Rock N Roll one in December in Vegas. After reading the reviews of the event, I started to look for another one. My training plan ends the middle of October so I was committing to one in Michigan at the end of October, thinking it would be at much lower elevation so that would be helpful; however, that isn't going to work out. A day or so ago, I bit the bullet and signed up for a local one on October 21st. I am planning on 9 minute run/one minute walk intervals and I am up to 8 miles of running. I have two more "official" weeks left on my training plan and about 3 and half before the race.

    Sorry, I know this comment has been all about ME...but I wanted you to know that you are NOT alone in this.

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    1. Don't apologize, I love hearing about other people's experiences because it does show me that I'm not alone :)

      The idea of doing intervals is a good one. I'm going to have to consider that. Thanks!

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  3. That is exactly how I signed up for a marathon. 11.45pm the night before the price jumped $25. That was in April. I run my race on Oct 21st. Just make a training schedule and stick with it. When I registered, I couldn't run a mile straight. You can do it! :)

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    1. Yup, already got the training schedule figured out :) Good luck on your race!

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  4. I bet you could be ready for the CLE Half in May... so then you could really rock the Rock N Roll half in October. Just sayin' :)

    I'm a huge fan of the Jeff Galloway programs. Ain't nothing wrong with some run/walking.

    p.s. that RnR race is tempting!! I even could be talked into tying on my running shoes again for that one!

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    1. I thought about the CLE Half in May! But ultimately decided training in summer for an October race sounded better. Plus I just love the idea of the RnR race. So maybe the CLE half (or full!) in 2014 :)

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  5. You are my hero!!! (And your blog looks amazing - great work Lady!)

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