It’s been a cold, snowy winter here in Missouri. Since I’ve started training for my March half marathon, we’ve had heavy snow twice, and plenty of below-zero temps and wind chills.
And as much as I’d like to pretend I am a winter runner, this winter has proven me wrong. I guess last winter wasn’t too harsh, because I’m having trouble getting myself out the door for my runs. Since classes have started, I’ve skipped several weekday runs, only making it out once or twice per week, plus a long run on the weekends.
That’s just not how I wanted to do things for my first half marathon. I have big goals, but right now my motivation (and subsequently my fitness) isn’t in line with them. So I’m changing the plan.
I’m no longer training for the Relay and Run for 21 half marathon. It’s only 7 weeks away and I’m not where I want to be for my training. The cold temps are keeping me indoors, and I just don’t WANT to run in them.
So instead, I’m training for a new half at the end of May: the Go Girl Run half marathon in Columbia on May 24th. Training for this half wouldn’t start until mid-March, when temps are hopefully going to start to warm up. Even if it’s still cold, I won’t be running really long runs until April, when it will be more temperate. This race should be pretty fun because it’s an all-female race, and the medals are pretty sweet:
To get myself ready for half-marathon training, I’m going to be training for a 10K during spring break! I like the prospects of this for a few reasons:
1. If I get behind on training, it’s not the end of the world. I’m at a fitness level where I know I can run 6.2 without much concern.
2. Assuming training DOES go well, my 10K training would end four weeks into half-marathon training. The race will be a good indicator of what kinds of goals I should set for my half.
3. I ran this race last spring and had a really good time!
Yep, I’m going to be running the Spring into Wellness 10K again! And I’m really excited about it. The race was tiny last year, but the course was pretty and simple. And I medaled! I think I can do that again, and I’m going to work to beat my time from last year.
This year’s race will be extra-special, because it falls on my 21st birthday! I think it’s pretty appropriate for me to run a race on my birthday, and everyone has to come cheer for me because it’s my birthday
I’m feeling really good about my new training plan, because I think it gives my body time for rest and cuts out any of the stress and guilt I may have been feeling about my previous race plans. Since I decided on this new plan, I went running on Wednesday: just 3 miles around a snowy campus. I got to test out my Yaktrax for the first time, and they are definitely AWESOME.
The weather was cold:
I took my time, just enjoying the fact that I was out running on the snow.
This run made me feel really good about my training. I felt a lot less pressure knowing I’m training for a race I could probably finish today. No PDRs for a while, no pressure to get out in the cold and the snow if I don’t want to. I’m trying to listen to my body, and my body is saying “Take a break, take it slow.”
In addition to a relaxed training plan, I’m also going to be working on my strength and flexibility! I’m going to take a 5-week ballet class at the Rec with my suitemate, and I’m trying to do more yoga. I just feel like moving my body in new ways, instead of running all the time. But of course, running if my true love, and I like the confidence I have when I go on a run. I think ballet will be fun and new, but when I feel less-than-confident about it, I can always go out for a run!
So that’s what ‘s going on with me and my fitness. I’m happy about it! It feels right. And I think that’s what’s going to help me maintain a regular fitness routine, and keep my body (and mind) happy and healthy.