In just one month, I’ll be running the YuKanRun half marathon.
And as I sit here and think about it, I’m feeling really good with one month left of training to go. I’m not sure if I am feeling stronger because I’m training differently this half vs. the last half marathon (more on this in a sec). Or if it’s because I have one half under my belt, I’m less nervous about what to expect. Or if it’s because I’ve gained overall confidence thanks in large part to half training overlapping with what has turned into an unforgettable, life-changing barre n9ne challenge.
Somehow, I definitely think it’s a combination of all of these things. But most of all, I’m feeling able. And feeling able brings with it such confidence. A confidence that I wish and I hope my sister will rediscover as she struggles through a runner’s “rut” (for lack of a better phrase). Because I know she’s able and fit and CAN run this half marathon with me, but the key is – she needs to know that, too. (you reading this, sis? ;-) ) I’m proud of her determination and strength in facing this battle, head-on. (sorry, quick digression there…)
As for training itself? I’ve sort of come up with my own formula that seems to be working well for me. The last training cycle for the Wicked Half was my first attempt at training for such long distances. And I think I overdid it with too many longer runs and not enough consistent, mid-distance runs during training. So this time? My ‘formula’ involves four training runs per week – one fairly short run (4-5 miles); two mid-range runs (6-7 miles) and one long run (anywhere from 8-11 miles by the end.
And this formula is working for me. I can’t say it works for everyone – I’ve seen so many of you train for half marathons and each of you brings a unique slant to training. For me, this style of training has given me consistency which has improved my endurance. Sure, I should probably be tossing some hill repeats and speed work in there but you know what? I’m not necessarily running this race for speed…in fact, I know I’m not (as odd as it sounds). Sure, I’d love to PR in this half.
But it’s not my focus.
My focus is running a race that I’m proud of, a race that I can walk away from and say “I finished what I started.”
And that’s what I intend to do with this half marathon. The final weeks of training? Well – you guessed it, I’m sticking to my formula. Hoping my long run this week will be 9 miles, next week 10, the week after that 11 and the final week before the half 11 or maybe 12 (maybe). But I’m keeping those numbers loose intentionally. I’m focusing on each week as individual training cycles versus one gigantic training regime. It feels less daunting that way and makes this whole half marathon nonsense a lot more approachable. But maybe that’s just me. 😉
YuKanRun Half – I’m coming for you. Are you ready for me??
In other news…this afternoon marks the official end of the barre n9ne 60-day challenge. But I can guarantee that it’s not truly the end…there is more to come. Which I promise to share when I’m able to. For now, it’s a secret. 😉 (how’s that for being vague??)
I will, however, be back to report on how the final three-peat of barre n9ne goes tonight (oy!) and what our final results (the big measure-in!) reveal. 6″ inches in 30 days…how many in 60?? 😉
I bet all your barre stuff has made you stronger and you will be much faster than you think!
I hope so!!! That would be a nice surprise now wouldn’t it?
Sis, you are going to KILL this half, I just know it. And I AM proud of you and supportive, as much as sometimes reading your posts on the half scare me and make me jealous (being obviously completely honest here) at times. I am focused on killing this ridiculous rut and panic because I want to finish what I started too. If I have done it before, I can do it again. And that’s what’s keeping me going. I may only get to 10 miles, (if that, perhaps) before the half, but I’m just going to go with what I got and get ‘er done (I so badly wanted to end that with ‘I hope’ but that sounds defeatist and I refuse to bend to it). Okay soapbox over. Let’s gooooo!
Your comment made me smile wide – this is the first time I’m hearing you SOUND more confident and ready to kick this rut to the curb. I am so proud of you and KNOW that with your determination, anything is possible. Including this half marathon. Proud sister over here, like whoa 😉
Yay for one month to go!!! I’m glad you’ve found a formula that works!! So important!
And I can’t wait for the results!!
I can’t WAIT to hear what you and Jo have to say about barre tonight and your final results.
I love how confident you’re feeling in this race…you’re going to knock it right out. I’m like you on the pace thing…I’m not running my race for speed or anything like that. I’ve never been really set on being a speed demon. Enjoying my run, being able to feel that freeing feeling, being able to say I can run 5 miles…it’s all so wonderful. 🙂 I don’t plan on shooting for the Olympics. 😉 So proud of you Jess. 🙂
and I have no doubt in my mind that you will finish what you started with flying colors!!
thank you friend, you’re the best!!
Woo hoo! You can do it! 🙂 I’m going to start training in a couple mos for a half in November… and I’m definitely doing it differently than the last one I trained for also!
Good luck on your next training cycle, you’ll rock it out, I’m sure!!
Looking forward to hearing about your Barre N9Ne challenge!
Also, I love that you have a focus for your half….finisihing a race you are proud of. Although a PR is ahhh-mazing, sometimes it is also as important to take pride in that fact that you are out there doing something amazing for your body and soul. Keep up the great work!
I am really proud of this goal because it’s NOT numbers focused which is so much of what I’ve been trying to do with this half. Not focusing so much on time or distance, just on feeling good and confident when I run. I hope it pays off in the end!
I love that goal – to run a race that you’re proud of. Should be what everyone sets out to do!
I kind of think so, too 🙂
Each race gets better, you learn so much during the “in between”! Love the confidence coming out here, you’re going to have a great race 🙂
Great way to put it – the “in between”! So so so true. 🙂
OMG we are racing in a month!!! Ahh, I am wicked nervous!
woohoo! love that we’re “virtually” running a half marathon together. hehe
You have no idea how jealous I am of your half. I am itching to do another one. I guess it’s just remembering that sense of utter accomplishment. I may very well run 13.1 the same day just ’cause 😉 I sooooo wanted to run with you guys. Anyway, enough about me LOL. I am so glad you’re feeling on top of it all right now. It’s such a great feeling.
HA! That is EXACTLY how I felt when you ran your half last winter, I was SO SO SO jealous and wanted to run with you in the worst way!! I think you should TOTALLY run 13.1 on the day of our half so we can at the very least run it together “virtually” hehe. I still think we ought to find one to run together when we visit this fall 😉
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