If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you already know: I signed up for my first half-marathon. Definitely much sooner than I expected. Cue the panic.
I mean, I kinda knew in the back of my mind that this was coming, but I somehow anticipated that Susi and I – after running the 10k last fall – might sign up for the Berkeley half-marathon (this time for the half-marathon route!) in November. Instead, we upped the game and signed up for the San Francisco half-marathon instead.
That’s in July. Three months away.
I really had no choice in the matter. Susi signed up and said that she wouldn’t do it without me, so really, I should blame her. Lovingly, of course, because I am up for the challenge. What can I say, I actually like having a (training) goal. It makes me want to stick to my running routine more than just “keeping it up” for the sake of exercise. And it’s nice to have something to look forward to and work towards (even if with deep respect) .
Hey, and at least, the run will be pretty. I mean, is there any more scenic city than San Francisco? Thanks goodness, we won’t be running the extremely steep hills. The race course + elevation profile looks pretty manageable (fingers crossed!) and I think we can count on reasonable temperatures even though it’ll be July. You see, I am trying to pep-talk myself.
In case you don’t remember, a half-marathon is 21.1 km (13.1 miles). Cough. I never ever, ever thought I would voluntarily sign up to run this many miles in one swoop. I have always been more of a team athlete and just running for the sake of running was never my thing, but I guess, people change and I have come to love getting in some mileage. It’s a nice way to clear your mind, listen to music + podcasts, and just shake off the daily grind. Believe me, I am as surprised as the next person, that you can really get into a kind of “running groove”, where you don’t even think twice about lacing up your shoes and getting out there door. (Oh wait, is what they call “forming a habit”? Well, it is a real thing. I can attest to that.)
I am 4 weeks into my half marathon training now and I am (mostly) enjoying the longer runs (think 1+ hours). I am using the Runtastic HM training plan for 3 runs per week (which is what I’ve been doing anyway and which is doable with my work schedule) over the course of 16 weeks and the plan finishes just before the race, which works out really well.
I am just a tad worried about the temperatures in the coming months, as Sacramento will be scorching hot again in no time, but I am thinking that I can just go to the gym and run on the treadmill if it gets unbearable outside. I should get some cross-training in anyway, so going back to the gym seems like a good idea in general, and I mentioned that I also wanted to go back to yoga class (I love the yoga instructor at my gym!) which could be part of that.
Bottom line is: I’ll keep running. And that is a good thing.