12 weeks of training for the Rock & Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon are done. Wow. Seriously? Time flies. I’d be lying if I said it went perfectly. I had a bad cold, a few days of shin trouble, an unplanned business trip, I slacked at cross training… but still, I’m pretty satisfied. I learned a lot training for my first half marathon.
The Most Valuable Lessons I Learned While Training:
- A training plan is just a plan. If the plan calls for an 18 mile week and you have a 17 mile week – that’s still a great week! I’ve caught myself thinking of that week as a failure. It’s not.
- It is ok to miss workouts when you’re sick, tired, or sore. Skipping one track workout because your shins ache is much smarter than working yourself into a stress fracture because you don’t want a day off. Remember, your ultimate goal is to run a race and you can’t do that if you get hurt because you’re being stubborn.
- Replace your shoes regularly. Keep track of the miles you put on your shoes (DailyMile is a useful tool for this) and replace them BEFORE they blow out. Your feet will thank you.
- Find friends to do your long runs with. Long runs take a lot of time and they’re a lot more pleasant when you have company.
- Remember, most of us run because we like it NOT because we’re training to win races. Go easy on yourself when you have a bad run. Loosen up on your time goals. Most of our running goals are self imposed. We can adjust as necessary!
Today is a stretch and rest day. I’m planning to take little Fin out for a nice long walk – though for a 7 pound dog that equals about 2 miles.
I hope everyone on the east coast survived Hurricane Irene and is safe today. Be safe if you’re going out for a bike ride or run this afternoon – it’s still really windy in DC!