Looking back to earlier in the summer, I can fondly remember thinking I had SO MUCH TIME until my half-marathon. I remember thinking, this was going to be a piece of a cake (a walk in the park) because I had so much time to prepare. Now, I am not so confident with where I am. Currently, I sit 7 weeks away from my first date with the half-marathon. I’m shaking in my boots. I have been working out like a crazy person (nothing has changed there), but I have become a bit lax on simply running. Pretty awful timing, aye?
This needs to change. ASAP. Throughout the past six months, I have developed an honest and sincere health lifestyle–eating clean and training mean. With this has come MANY ups and downs, and an abundance of life lessons as well as health/fitness tips and tricks that I have picked up along the way. I have learned so much about myself, my habits, eating right, exercising properly, and so on and so forth. I am 19 years old; I am learning by LIVING. I am discovering by DOING. I am becoming the best me I can be.
I have honestly learned so much about myself. I have pushed myself harder than I ever imagined possible. I am becoming happy with who I am and what I want to become. I am living for me, and I am free to do just that.
I oftentimes find myself going off on these lovely tangents, but I digress. HALF-MARATHON TRAINING.
So, 7 weeks? 7 mere weeks? I need a plan. I need to develop a legitimate plan. My life has been so hectic (and not to mention the temperatures are 100+ on a daily basis) that I have been off-kilter in my training. I often find I need to exercise inside; I do strength training, and sometimes my body is just too tired and fatigued for long distance running. What to do? What to do?!
Confession: Time and time again I have SAID that I will document my training, but I don’t. I just don’t. I have journals for this purpose but I just don’t maintain it. I need to. I need to develop this 7 week plan AND STICK TO IT. Again, easier said than done. It’s August. What does this mean? My current job ends NEXT week. I move next week. My mom is visiting next weekend. And then, the chaos of back-to-school. A strict training plan just doesn’t seem to be in the cards. With this in mind, I am going to put together a basic plan. This plan will incorporate what kinds of runs to do on which days, but I won’t make it too strict–or I will never be able to follow it.
Live and learn. The beautiful part of all of this is what this training has taught me. Preparing of this half has shown me so much about myself. I am excited to keep working hard. I need to release the stress that I am beginning to feel as the race comes closer and closer, and simply live in the moment. I have learned just how psychological running truly is in the past few months. When you think you are done, you are NEVER done. You can always keep moving. You can always keep pushing.
So, on September 23rd– I will not look back and remember August 4th as the “day I skilled interval training and did strength training,” because I will finish the race regardless. This race will be a PERSONAL BEST, a PR because I have never accomplished one before. I have learned so much, and hey…for the next race, I will be so much better for it. I will know what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to training. I will kick butt and take names, #SweatPink style.
Any tips for the last leg of my training? Pretty please give this youngster/marathon newbie something! Y’all are the best!
xoxo Savvy Sassy Me
P.S. – I had my alarm set for bright early (even though I am still sick), but after being awake ALL NIGHT due to sleeplessness and sickness, I obviously didn’t need to be getting up to run. I finally fell asleep at 4:00 am… so 5:50 was probably a bit too early for a wake-up call. Nonetheless, I need to focus on getting better…so I can focus on training in the near future. The training will come sooner if I allow myself to get better NOW.