Hey Everyone! My first half marathon is 16 days away; I can hardly believe it!! I thought I would take a little time to update you guys on my training since it has been quite awhile since I’ve posted.
The Old IT Band
I’ve been faithfully going to PT, and mostly faithfully doing my at-home exercises to treat my cranky IT Band. I’ve definitely seen some improvement as far as knee pain (I can go further before it hurts, it takes less time to recover, etc.), and I am a lot stronger… but this injury is still a work in progress. I have times where this is discouraging; especially now that I’ve been going to physical therapy for 4 months! But, the plan is to stick with it!!
Owing to the IT Band issue, my winter/early spring training hasn’t been what I’d hoped. I had decided awhile back that my first half would be run/walk… that’s still the plan, although it has shifted to include a lot more walking than I originally envisioned.
Over the last month, I’ve started doing more long runs (i.e., intervals of running with decent stretches of walking in between). My first long run was 7 miles, and I most definitely wore the wrong socks—it was cold, so I threw on a pair of skiing socks. My feet were very sad at the end, and I had a lovely blister from where a seam had rubbed me the wrong way for too long.
This past Saturday I went 10 miles, which was not only farther than I had ever gone, it was also farther than my husband had ever gone (I have to admit, I felt pretty proud about that!). As I suspect is the case on many long runs, this one had its ups & downs (and I’m not just talking about the hills). Overall, my body felt okay, and my soul felt great! I ran along a nearby river, and the views were fantastic! I paused to stretch and took the picture you see in the banner up top!
Even though I had initially wanted to RUN my first half marathon, I am okay with relying on a lot of walking to get me to the finish line. I will almost certainly be bringing up the rear of the race, but that’s okay! I am just excited because I set my mind to something, and by all accounts, it looks like I’m going to make it!
My nerves have crept up on me a few times. I suspect on race day, I will be 85% thrilled, and about 15% nervous? Something that I am especially looking forward to is running my first half marathon with my dad. We’re not running together, because he is a heck of a lot faster than me (for now, one day I intend to beat him!)—but knowing he is out there on the same course will help keep me going, if the going gets tough!
I’m starting to think about what I’d like to do to celebrate finishing my first half. Obviously, some good food is going to be involved!
How do you treat ‘yoself after a big race? I need some inspiration!
NEXT BIG RACE New Haven Road Race
Most Recent Run:
This was my first official half marathon: The Flower City Challenge-- I also PR'd my 5K time!