In a couple of days I’ll be on a plane headed towards L.A. and the Tinkerbell half marathon. Training hasn’t gone as well as I planned, and I’ve learned a few things along the way.
- Due to weather/schedules/life, I haven’t gotten in as many miles as the training plan called for. I’ve only done 2 double-digit mileage runs. I just need to come to terms with that. This wasn’t supposed to be a PR effort, I can make it through 13.1 miles, and I’m in a middle corral and have plenty of buffer from the sweepers. It’ll be fine.
- Looking at the bigger picture, I have run hundreds of miles in the past 9 months. It’s been like one really long training, right?
- After this weekend, I will have completed 5 half marathons, 3 10Ks/quarter half, and 3 5Ks since last September. I have set 3 PRs at 2 distances. This one will be my victory lap.
- Three back to back half marathon training cycles might just be a little too much for me to take. My body seems to be handling things OK, but I’m pretty burned out right now.
- At the same time, I’m kinda sorta terrified to not have a spreadsheet telling me when to run and how far for a couple of months.
- No more late April/May halfs for me. The weather here is too unpredictable, and I just do not run well in the humidity. Getting peak mileage long runs in have been nearly impossible, and having lower mileage and a long series of bad runs doesn’t give me the good feelings. Going into a big race, I need runs that build up confidence, not that send me into a depressive melt down.