Do a Half-Marathon? It’s not too late to turn back, but…

Do another half-marathon?

Why not?!

Seattle Rock and Roll Half Marathon

Actually, I could give you about 1,000 reasons why not.

But the monies have been spent, and truth-be-told… I am a glutton for punishment.

I am also a glutton for other things, particularly food things… so putting a good, healthy goal on the calendar is probably a good idea.

But it’s been awhile.ย I honestly can’t remember the last event I participated in. I call these things “events” because I refuse to look at them as races.

I am not racing.

My goal is to finish, not win. Just cross the finish line, grab my medal, t-shirt, a bottle of water and a reason to eat TWO cheeseburgers for dinner.

I did a full marathon back in ’09, and I think I did one sprint tri and one or two halfs after that… and a couple 2.5 mile swims across Lake Washington.

You know, for fun.

Honestly, after training for a full marathon, training for a half seemed like a cake walk.

I find it odd I am totally not even kidding right now.

My advice to a beginning event-joiner is … TRAIN FOR A FULL MARATHON FIRST. When your weekly long runs are 17, 18, 19, then 20 miles… suddenly a 10 mile *long* run feels like an errand.

Dinstance running is all about mind games.

No wonder I am so drawn to them…

However… ย there’s a reason I do not write about running and training and such.ย It’s been a long time since I’ve run any distance over 3 miles… and I almost feel like I’m starting back at squareย mile one.

To be completely honest, I don’t even want to run ONE mile right now.

I exercise fairly consistently, but training for something is another level of commitment.

3 things concern me about this decision:

1) My knees. They crackle more than Rice Krispies in milk when I go up stairs. I’ve been Googling knee taping techniques since I’ve forgotten how I’m supposed to do it. Ya know… it’s hard enough to make time to exercise, but at my age now I have to factor in time for stretching AND knee taping. ::WOMP WOMP::

2) The cold. I’m cold all the time. ALL OF THE TIMES. I don’t want to run 5 miles on a DREADmill – where it’s warm. That means I have to get outside. And it’s cold outside. Yes… I warm up, but the thought of being outside in the cold is a major wall for me. I used to go running with friends 2 days a week, 5 a.m., 4 miles… rain or more rain. Life shifted and I stopped, but they are still doing it… ready for me to come back anytime. Working back up to 4 miles is not actually the problem… it’s the cold.

3) And time. Training takes time. Time is not something that grows on trees, if you know what I mean…

What do you think? Do you “run”… even if it is from zombies, or towards chocolate… do you?

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19 Responses to “Do a Half-Marathon? It’s not too late to turn back, but…”

  1. Yeah…I signed up for a half on April 28th. I thought it would motivate me to keep running, but now as it’s getting closer I’m freaking out! As you said, the training. Yikes. And unfortunately, time doesn’t grow on trees. Good luck to you!!

  2. Leigh Ann says:

    I just ran my first half a few weeks ago. I got SO burned out on the training and discouraged when I had bad long runs, but the race was fabulous. I would do it again. Someday. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good luck!

  3. Tanna says:

    Darling Jenny, I have run on and off between the past 3 pregnancies and began to really kick it up a notch 2 years ago. I must say, I AM HOOKED… I never would have imagined being one of those “crazies” ; but – now… I am a crazy. I HAVE to run, it’s like a drug for me. It is as necessary as my quiet time. I need the breather, just to be… Not multi-task, though I would if I could! It’s just about me distressing, blowing off the steam, and yeah trying to kick some butt! This highly competitive chica is all about beating my times. Thanks to my Nike app I can keep track of my miles and times. ๐Ÿ™‚ you’re awesome, and you have way one running experience than I, but I must say, the past couple of years have been huge for me. AND I am totally there about the cold!! I tell ya, I so relate to what you are saying… I would love to get out there with you sometime and I guess we could make it a snuggle run to ward off the cold. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. karri says:

    I signed up for a half two years ago and chickened out and traded down to a quarter at packet pickup. Thankfully, because people were passing out from heat exhaustion on that 106 degree morning! I’d like to think I could do one, but I’ve see my husband train for 2 marathons and several halves and well…it looks un-fun. But then when I see people complete it, I am all, “dude. if SHE could do it, I could totally do it.”

    • THAT’S THE TRAP!!! WHen you see people finish it is SO INSPIRING, right?!!!! That’s why I want to do an Iron Man someday. I cry every time I watch one of those on tv. SUCKAHS!!!

    • Oh and the heat?! I can’t even. I’ll take the cold over the heat ANY day. I ran my first half in snow, so… but had a trash bag over my torso the first 10 miles. CRAZY, but not heat stroke!

  5. leslie says:

    you gotta do it, ’cause i signed up for my second RocknRoll half in Savannah in November and i am ALREADY dreading it!!! Run the Savannah! its warm AND flat!! unlike my stomach…

    • Oh Leslie… flat. I will say there is one advantage to the hills here… the DOWN part of them. I ran one 10k (as part of an Olympic distance tri) that was dead flat. It was awful. But hey, you can you’ve done a half before… at least you know how to prepare!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ xox

  6. Diana says:

    I have a 1/2 on my list of things I’d like to accomplish this year, but I don’t know. Honestly, I just like the *idea* of running a 1/2 marathon. Whenever I actually run I hate every single minute of it. Lifting. And the elliptical. Those are my things.

    • It’s certainly a bit of a mind game. I have run all of mine with a friend…. and most of the training too. I honestly don’t think I could have handled it otherwise… But this one I will be training mostly on my own. I have a good playlist to turn to and when the going gets really tough I count to 8 in sets of 8. Weird, right? Just to keep my mind off how little progress I feel I’m making ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Ellie says:

    Good luck on your half marathon! I’m attempting my first (don’t laugh) 5k in June. I’m not a runner at all but I want to try. A half marathon is a big deal to me. How do you train for your races?

    • Ellie that is GREAT! You are going to do GREAT! That’s how I started. When I first started running I’d go to the local track. I started with walking, then running one straight, then I worked up to walking the curves and running the straights… and eventually worked up to a 5k. I know a lot of folks do the Couch to 5K program. I did mine back in 2001, so was that program out back then?

      Aaaanywho… there are so many resources out there now. Google 5k training plans and pin your options on Pinterest… look over the choices and choose the one that best fits your life. And then, when you don’t follow the plan perfectly (because that will happen), be easy on yourself. You will finish that race, even if you flub up here and there. Seriously. ๐Ÿ˜‰ YOU GO GIRL!!!

  8. Jen says:

    The sprint tri I decided I need to complete by my 40th birthday is in June, and I’m a little nervous. I have yet to run 3 miles in a row. Or 2 miles. Or 1 mile without complaining. And it’s supposed to SNOW tomorrow! Snow and running don’t mix, in my book. I think the universe is trying to tell me running is bad. That’s what it was telling me when I broke my foot just after I got the idea to do the tri a few years ago. I just want this race to be over. Then I’m getting myself a “0.0 I don’t run” sticker and NEVER. RUNNING. AGAIN. (Unless I’m being chased.) Good luck with your 1/2!

    • HAHAHA!!! Oh dear. It sure seems the odds are stacked. HOWEVER… there is still time!!! Are you doing it to win or finish? If you are training to finish, then it’s just about conditioning your body to be able to go at a moderate pace for a stretch of time… since it’s a sprint tri… about 2 hours? You can TOTALLY do that. It’s the length of a movie. You won’t be putting full effort that whole time… pace yourself during training and the event… and you will feel so great when it’s done!!! Good luck to you too!!!

  9. Jo says:

    Jenny, I’m just gonna be honest with ya here and say…I’m never going to run a marathon. Nor will I run a 1/2 marathon. I won’t even run 1/4 marathon!! There will no thons!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Nope not gonna do it…but I did buy a step kickboxing DVD. Cuz I bought an exercise step a while back and I haven’t used it and I was looking on Ebay for a step exercise program and I came across this kickboxing one and it looks really cool and low-impact which is good for me cuz I can’t do a lot of jumping around and stuff because I have a bad knee and hips. AAaaaaanyway, they should totes hand out medals for giving birth! Especially when you give birth 9lb 4oz like my son was, I mean sheesh, the boy was half grown at birth!?!?! And yeah, you are def. cray! But that’s just part of your charm and why we luvz you! xoxo

  10. Kristen says:

    I used to run, but then I got pregnant and with a four month old, I am the zombie. The RnR half looks like fun though. Something like that might get me ack into it. Or the chocolate 10. Yummmm, chocolate.

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