When I created my 30 by 30 list I indicated I wanted to run a 10K. Even then I thought it would take a miracle to complete because at the time I couldn’t even run two miles. But sure enough, I fought through a lot of pain and with some hard work I completed my goal. The only problem was, I didn’t have a medal to show for my hard work. I started thinking to myself, where could I get a medal? Then it hit me! I could run a half-marathon!
In actuality, my decision to run a half-marathon went nothing like that. I am a goal oriented person but I am also prone to laziness. Now that I had completed a 10K, I knew the only way I was going to stick with running as a form of exercise would be to sign up for another race. So I signed up for a half-marathon and started training. The only problem was I would not stick to a mid-week running schedule and would only run my long runs on the weekend. That was fine when the long runs were 4-7 miles. But once the mileage got up there, it took its toll. On a 12-mile run I strained a hamstring, aggravated my IT band and entrapped a nerve in my foot. Yes, all on the same run. As such, I could barely walk and actually had to use crutches for a few days. I missed my half-marathon and could not run for another month and a half.
Determined to actually run a half-marathon, I added it to my 40 to do by 40 list and started my training again last summer. I signed up for the inaugural Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon in November. I convinced a few friends to sign up as well and began running with a group to keep me accountable.
Training consisted of a few mid-week runs that were 3-5 miles long including a day of speed work. On Saturdays I would meet my running group and complete our long runs. It was beneficial because there were people to run with and talk with and water stations were set up for us every two miles. Along the way I had to buy new running shoes and new running shorts because I wore my existing ones down.
My last run before the half-marathon was my dreaded 12-miler. The same one I hurt myself on the year before. However, this time a better training plan paid off! Not only did I complete the run injury free, but I had also hit a great running pace and felt like I could easily knock out another few miles if I had to. Not wanting to push it before the race, I held off but was ready to take another crack at running a half-marathon.
Part 2: It’s Race Day! Run a Half-Marathon – Complete (coming tomorrow)