February 28, 2011

To "fly" or not to "fly"...

13.1 miles

That is the question I'm posing to myself after this past weekend's training group run. I accomplished my longest run ever, like ever in my life, 7.5 miles. It's been a tough two weekends with the groups runs - 6.8 miles of Cincy hills and 7.5 miles of bridges and downtown streets. Despite my nerves, I made it through both runs and felt pretty strong after Saturday's 7.5 miler. So strong that while enjoying breakfast with my friends, my ears perked up when one of them told me that you can participate in both the Cincinnati Flying Pig 4-person Relay Run and the Half Marathon. So, after some research that's where I am today - seriously considering runing 13.1 miles through downtown Cincy and some of my favorite neighborhoods the first weekend of May.

When I started this running journey less than a year ago, I never thought I'd be thinking of taking on such a chalellenge. Once I finsihed the Thanksgiving Day 10k run, I did feel that one day I want to tackle a half marathon, I just never thought it would be this soon - less than a year after I started running. But my energy is up, the excitement is all around me, and I feel like there's no time like the present. I'm already half way through the training with the group, so if I want to continue running with them on the weekends, then I'll be uping my miles b/c they're all training for the half - so why not just go ahead and do it - check it off my life's to do list. If I do it, the race falls 11 days before my 32nd birthday and what better gift to give myself - pride and accomplishment on completing my first half marathon, sounds like a pretty great b-day gift to me!

Thoughts - advice - words of wisdom - I'm ready to hear it all. Have you done a half marathon? If so, what's something you wish you'd known before your race? Let me hear it blogger friends!

3 comments:

Momma said...

Girl you can totally do it!!! I trained for about 4 mos, I had never ran a whole mile straight through when I started and my longest run I did was a 9 mile before completing my 1/2 and I was 9 weeks pregnant.

You have been awesome and so diligent in your training. The body is capable of amazing things and I think you would find the 1/2 to be quite breezy!!! You inspire me. :)

keesharich said...

Lenna, I'm so proud of you. Cincy definitely agrees with you... You've made so many wonderful changes since we were youngsters in Dayton :-) You inspire me to want to make changes as well. Keep running, girl :-)

keesharich said...

Lenna, I'm so proud of you. Cincy definitely agrees with you... You've made so many wonderful changes since we were youngsters in Dayton :-) You inspire me to want to make changes as well. Keep running, girl :-)