I’m a runner who has in recent years shifted from competitive racing (half marathons and full marathons) to more “recreational” running (the outdoor weekday jog or 10-minute miles on the hamster wheel while watching the latest episode of American Idol or 90210).
My husband is interested in running a half marathon on May 15th, as in, 5 weeks from this Saturday. Eep! As I seem to recall, running a half marathon is one of my New Years Resolutions, and we are one-third through 2010 already, folks.
I’ve been ill-prepared for marathons before, and it’s not pretty. Or fun. Torture, really, is the name of that game. My average mileage is currently at about 15-20 miles a week with 1-2 hockey games a week (and as of late, some yoga and strength thrown in there). I run 10:00-10:30 minute miles comfortably for long distances and simply want to finish and not be stiff as a board for the following 3 weeks.
As many of you are much more seasoned runners and racers than I, do you advise for or against this race? If for, any recommendations on training schedules? 🙂 In other words, can you play Hal Higdon for me? Five weeks just isn’t much time to prepare…and I just KNOW I’ll need a taper week in there 😉 Additionally, I have a hockey tournament the weekend before the race.
Am I crazy? Or should I go for it?! It makes me nervous just thinking about it! I haven’t run over 7 or 8 miles in a REALLY long time!
Thanks for everyone’s insightful comments yesterday. There were a lot of really great points made and I respect all food preferences, even if I don’t personally agree with them.
Question: What distance race is your favorite and why? Can be running, walking, biking, swimming…whatever!
Get me in the race moooood, please!! 😀
I have had hockey games the past 2 nights and have been at a computer approximately 43 seconds (okay, I exaggerate a bit…but not much!) each of the past 2 days. So, I look forward to a calmer day today and catching up with you all! Thanks for being such loyal, wonderful readers. You make my heart smile!
P.S. Holly over at The Balance Broad is giving away Larabars! Check it out!