As normal, I didn’t manage to train enough for the race. Part of that was because I was put on two weeks’ rest orders from my doctor four weeks before the race. Part of that was because I have been under a great deal of stress for the past several months, which impacted my training. And, I admit, part of that was a pure lack of motivation on my part. (Yes: Laziness prevented me from doing better!)
Still, I actually had a good race and I did better than I thought I would. Well, I only came in about three minutes under my goal, but I managed to run more of the course than I expected. In fact, I managed to run the entire first half before I took a walk break at all.
Due to my lack of training, my legs gave up on the race right around mile 8. And that meant I had to finish off the race with nothing but my heart and soul to carry me on. So it’s a good thing that I was mentally excited about the race!
In the end, I finished in 2.26.48 – about 20 minutes behind my running partner. But I told myself at the start that my goal was just to get around the course in one piece… preferably under 2.30. (Which I did. Just.)
I have been working in the background on a few of the stresses that have kept me from finding motivation. And, if all goes to plan, I’ll be back on a better training regime before long. After all, I’ve already re-set some of my habits—and that seems to be helping a lot.
To further help, I’ve even signed up for some classes at the gym (details to follow) and I’m planning to get out to the driving range to re-learn the art of whacking golf balls. (Don’t worry: My plans include running, too.)
I have two more half marathons and a full one planned for the year – all on back-to-back weekends – so I’ve got some hard work in front of me. But I’m hopeful that I’ll get better. I think. Maybe. Stay tuned to find out!
[Photo credit to my running partner, David Knox.]