I ran my first and only half marathon after I graduated college in the early summer of 2009. I used running as an emotional crutch, battled 1 ankle injury, and chose one of the coolest summers for a race!
Things haven’t been aligning quite as well ever since.
I injured my knee in 2010 during half marathon training due to incorrect running shows, no other form of exercise besides running, and too many miles.
Finally three years later, I have a shot at running a follow-up half marathon!
I’ve been waking up at 5 am during word days and even Saturdays.
I’ve been tracking my progress via Google calendars taped on my freezer door.
I’ve had set backs due to a poorly tied shoe.
The race is in less than 15 days and I am excited and so nervous. I’m excited to go to Madison and see Bucky but nervous that I won’t be bringing my A game.
August 1st just hit and I took action. I have 9 runs left to make the most of my training.
I’m taking action to make sure I sleep well. When my bedding isn’t proper, I don’t sleep well.
Sheets and blankets are always falling off of my bed. And beagles. And bears.
I’m forcing myself to do a light strength training for my arms and legs twice a week.
I’m putting up motivation quotes to use as race day mantras.
Yes, I went there.
All spare thoughts are going to my half marathon. And Bradley Wiggons.
Still to do:
- Make a killer playlist! I need some current upbeat songs to add and sadly old Glee songs to ditch. I become bored with music very quickly.
- Nail down Madison plans. So far Aaron and I have thrown out restaurants that we go to, and my amazing dad locked down a few hotel rooms for us.
- Find something to hold my iphone and strap to my arm. Or decided to just use my iPod which is lighter and has an arm band case already.
- Decide what running clothes to wear. I mean, there are going to be photos afterall.
- Instruct for an iced coffee to be waiting for me at the finish line.
- Decide on a pre-race breakfast. I’ve been switching it up during training.