Documenting My Half Marathon Training (Eye Bleach 1/8/23) (FREE ARTICLE)
As one of my new year resolutions, I signed up to run a half marathon in DC this September. This will be my third one and I'm quite excited for this one.
My first semester of grad school was rife with challenges and tenuous work. As a result, I let stress consume me and stopped regularly exercising. This semester, I decided NO MORE! I will not let school steal one of my personal pleasures from me. I deserve physical and mental wellbeing! As I lift at least twice a day, I'll also seek to run as often as I can to and document each day I do on Twitter.
So far things are going well! I'm making steady progress as I slowly work my way up to that magical 13.1 miles.
I'm working on finding good running spots near me for this warmup period before I dedicate that 30 min metro to the National Mall for the **ultimate training ground.**
(Note: I've also quickly remembered that I cannot stand treadmill runs. I have less endurance and patience with ‘em!)
This will also not only be redemption for last semester but for my last half marathon “run.”
Let's dive into a brief backstory.
My first half marathon run was incredible. Having just finished my first season of cross country and in prime health at age 17, I was a gd MACHINE.
(Machines aren't always pretty after 13.1 miles)
I wish I could go back!!!
Now my second half marathon was more of a saga. An undergrad interning on the Hill starting January, I had signed up for a Rock N Roll Half Marathon set for March 28th.
March 28th… 2020.
I was doing pretty great too, you guys. Check out a training run from March 9 that year.
I was so excited, too! :(
Damn you, COVID!
Anyways, the company gave us a free voucher to run in any future half marathon they hosted which brought me to….
San Antonio - December 2021.
Y'all… life was not good then. Some of you who know me well will understand why. I had not exercised in quite a while and did very minimal training for the race. Still, I was able to pull a respectable time based off of a Frankenstein combination of walking and running.
I felt like death for the next couple of days after this one - not gonna lie, folks.
I also got to enjoy the city with my wonderful mother who also ran the race! Here's us in front of the Alamo (hot take: one of the most underwhelming and forgettable landmarks I have ever been to… I see why Texans keep telling us not to forget it)
Ultimately, I have a score to settle with myself. I know I can hammer out one of these with a respectable time and want to prove it to myself.
Am I going to magically return to 8:18 easy-breezy pace of my high school cross-country days? Hahahahahaha no. But I sure as hell am gonna keep on running this entire race and aim for a pace of less 9:30 per mile.
September, here we come!
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