Half Marathon Training

2018 is going to be my year. Even if I got myself into trouble on January 1st.  See, for the past 4 years I’ve been saying “I really want to do a half-marathon the year I turn 40”. Guess what? That is this year. With a slight push from my wonderful younger brother and his wife I signed up for my first half-marathon.

That day it sounded perfect for my first: it is October 13th. So I should have plenty of time to train. Because it is in MN it would not be scorching hot nor humid and the feeling of running through fall leaves sounded like it was the best of all worlds. So, I impulsively signed up. Now, I’m second guessing my choice of my first. I swear the description was not worded as it is now: “tree-lined dirt and gravel trails” and “The terrain for the half-marathon course is hilly and challenging, race organizers say.” I swear it was supposed to be on dirt, gravel and paved trails and it did not say hilly. YIKES!!!

After I signed up I shared it with everyone to keep me accountable. Otherwise, I probably would have chickened out and just done the usual 5K. But now I feel like people are depending on me to at least give it a good try.

Am I terrified, heck yeah. All the “what-ifs” and “how do I’s” keeping going through my head.  From actually crossing the finish line (even if I’m last) to chaffing and bathrooms. Heck, I’ve been thinking about it all!

So, I’ll be documenting the ins and outs of my training  here on Not Half Empty. I think it will be fun to see what I learn and overcome during my training. This will be a great way to look back at where I came from and where I’m going.

What are some challenges you have accepted in your life? What motivation did you use to get through them?