As I already mentioned, last year I ran in the Lansing Half Marathon. During the last couple of miles in the race this past spring (which were undoubtedly the toughest stretch), a fellow runner struck up a conversation with me as a way to keep both our minds off the race. She talked about how she had run 5 miles in the last couple of years, and found the Lansing course to be the hardest with the hills, which created an even greater challenge. I didn’t realize that course can really impact performance. I don’t know a lot about selecting a good course. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Emma Buchholz, is the “friend” I referred to in my last post. She also enjoys running, and is a fellow blogger. I’m sure you will be seeing some guest blogs from her in the near future. You should go to her blog about her bucket list!
This past April, I successfully completed my first half marathon. I originally signed up for the Lansing Marathon in fall 2011 with one of my best friends, which I thought would be an adequate amount of time to train (a whole 6 months!). However, I got caught up in the holidays, got too lazy to run in the on cold days, blamed a busy schedule, and didn’t train whatsoever. Not only did I make excuses, but my friend also took similar shortcuts. So much for the buddy system, right?
As the months passed, the amount of training declined, and found myself in a panic as the weeks dwindled down to the big day. In the weeks leading up to the half marathon, I had run a total of 6 miles.
The night before the race, the thought of calling my friend to cancel had crossed my mind a dozen times, but I had to refrain when she called me excited about the following day. I tossed and turned all night thinking about the torture I was going to go through that next morning.
In the end, I completed the race in about 2:20. Physically, I wasn’t prepared for the race in any way, but it was my mental strength that got me through those few hours. The most important lesson I learned that day: mental > physical.
Now, that I know I can mentally get myself through two hours and twenty minutes of running, I want to push myself even further to see if I can become physically prepared. My goal is to run a half marathon this spring, with one goal: complete the race in 1:50. I have created this blog as a way to track my progress towards this goal. Enjoy!
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