I am SO happy.
Over the moon, kid-in-a-candy-store, Christmas morning when you’re 5 years old happy.
(First let’s keep in mind I work in an office building in a cubicle for the better part of a day and it’s the little things that count here.)
The reason would…. Pilates.
After the worst-pilates-class-in-history on Monday (slight exaggeration) the regular (my most favorite) instructor was there today, and I was so thankful and happy she was teaching that I was actually bummed out when it was over. (Normally I’m the one sneaking peeks at the clock every 7 minutes wondering when I can get out of there.)
I wanted to hug her for making my core, legs, arms and booty burn until I physically couldn’t lift myself off the mat. For doing the exercises with us and counting us down. For cracking jokes and making me so happy that I came even though I knew it would mean a gym shower after.
I came back to work with a spring in my step (I know, I know) and literally can’t wait until the next class.
(You can judge me for the amount of time it takes you to finish reading this sentence.)
Glad you got that out of your system.
So a while back (beginning of 2008 to be exact) I made a goal to myself that as long as I was able (injury-free, healthy, etc) I would run one 1/2-Marathon a year, making sure they were different races each year.
So far, so good.
2008 – San Francisco 1/2 Marathon
2009- Santa Cruz 1/2 Marathon
2010 – Nike Women’s 1/2 Marathon (PR of 2:12)
2011- US Half Marathon?
Last year, after the Nike Women’s 1/2 (or as I like to refer to it – running up hill for 13.1 miles) I told myself I was done with distance running. I had trained for 2+ mos, did all of my training runs, came to dread running and see it as an obligation rather than something I enjoy, and I can still remember how I felt that last mile… just willing it to be over.
And just like that, the running bug is back… in a big way.
I’m considering this race (ok strongly considering it) because of a few things:
- It’s along my most favorite running path in San Francisco
- I know how to train smarter (hello weights and cross-training!)
- You run across the Golden Gate Bridge which quickly wipes out ~4 miles of the race
- It has minimal (for SF races) hills
- I know the route (I used to train on this course for the Nike Womens 1/2 last year) and I always like to know how much longer I have to run
- It’s a race in my city, that I don’t have to travel for 🙂
- I think it would be a lot of fun and really hold me accountable to track my training via the blog (and get lots of advice, comments, commiserate with you all!)
This is how happy I was to be done my last 1/2 marathon (no I’m sure the foil blanket was not necessary but it made me feel like a real runner so I went with it:
I’ll spare you the pictures of my first two half-marathons that I did not train for whatsoever and therefore looked miserable the entire time. You’re welcome.
I’m hoping to make a decision by the end of the week on whether or not to commit to it and then find a training program that works for me (running, weights, cross training, yoga, etc).
I also really want to get my “gait” checked out this weekend at a running store so that I can get a pair of shoes that will work for my flat, over-pronated feet and minimize my shin/knee pain. I love my Nike Frees and will never give up on them… but for training I’m realizing they may not be the best idea!
Have you ever done a 1/2 marathon (or more?) What training plan did you use? How did you avoid injury? Did you ever tell yourself that was it after you finished?