Hey everyone! With all of my recent “I’M A HALF MARATHONER!” blog posts you’re probably wondering what’s next for me. If you know me at all, you know I constantly have to have some sort of challenge/adventure to look forward to, and finishing my first half marathon is going to be tough to top. I mean, after I wrote this post I realized that nothing would ever, EVER be able to top the Disney Princess Half Marathon for me. I’ve never been this emotional about a race, and finishing it has been such a bittersweet feeling for me. I felt good because I could finally call myself a half marathoner (and a princess too!) and I knew I’d done it on the happiest half marathon course on earth, but I was so sad to see all of my training, trip planning, and costume making come to an end. Everyone says you’ll never forget your first half marathon, and it’s especially true for me! But those of you who have been reading my blog probably remember this little post I wrote last December…and if you don’t remember, let me remind you all:
On March 30th, I’m running the inaugural Love Run Half Marathon in Philadelphia! Yes, like a crazy person I am running half marathon #2 only 5 weeks after my first one! During my training for Princess my husband told me to focus on only one race at a time since he knows how overwhelmed I can get if I have too many things to worry about, and that wasn’t hard to do once I got closer to the race and became overwhelmed with planning. I guess I just figured I would magically know what to do once I’d finished my first race and didn’t even think about this race until last week, when I realized I was probably going to have to run a bit longer than I wanted to this weekend. In fact, the only people who knew I was running it were Andrew and my parents (and you guys!), so it’s been interesting when people ask me “What’s next?” and I already have a very close half marathon on the calendar. Especially since I now know I’ll be doing Broad Street in May too! People seemed to think that my long training plan for Princess was nice and normal, but my sudden influx of longer races has them all pretty concerned. And to be honest, as excited as I am for the opportunity to do a free race, I’m a little worried too. Mostly because I’m not some big elite runner who can eat 13.1 miles for breakfast. But after finishing my first half, I have this strange invincible feeling – like I am actually capable of doing big scary things and not failing. It’s a pretty awesome feeling and I know it’s probably going to fade as time goes on, but for now I’m going to just roll with it.
So I’m going to try to keep all my worries from taking over and just focus on the following things:
- I’ve already got a solid milage base to work with. It’s not like I’m starting from scratch here, so if I can just maintain a few higher milage runs between races I should be fine. In fact, for Broad Street I can taper a lot since it’s only 10 miles!
- Training is going to keep me busy, and I’m at my happiest when I’m super busy. I was really getting into the routine of 2 shorter runs, 3 Barre3 days, and a long run followed by a rest day and I’m actually glad I can continue to stick to that schedule for a while. I’ve been doing lots of leg work modifications in Barre3 so I’m not totally wearing out my legs! My instructors are awesome!
- I’m probably going to PR without trying! During Princess I took some time to clean myself up halfway through the race because I was so sweaty from all the humidity, and I stopped to take pictures whenever I felt like it. While those things were very necessary for Princess, I won’t be doing that in my next half! Plus the humidity made me so worried that I slowed down my pace more than I wanted to, and I felt good after the race so I know I could have pushed myself harder. So even if I just take off the 5 minutes I spent in the bathroom at Princess I’ll be able to brag about a PR 🙂 Honestly though, because these two races are so close I don’t expect any large PRs and won’t let myself worry about time.
- The race is so close to me! I can “sleep in” (aka sleep past 2:30 am) and drive over to the art museum in less than 30 minutes. I can even do quick packet pickup on Friday or Saturday and won’t have to worry about getting to that expo on day one!
- I can run in whatever clothing I want, AND there is practically a 0% chance of humidity in late March! Although with this winter, there might be a good chance of snow!
- This race is free! Just the opportunity to line up at the starting line is a blessing and I’m going to enjoy every single second of this race. Plus there is a post-race food spread including chocolate and pretzels and I get a medal and mug! Score!
I’m going to refer back to this list whenever I get nervous or overwhelmed. Being a “slower” runner always gives me anxiety, so I’m going to seriously push all time-related fears out of my head and focus on the positives. Since this is the inaugural race I have no idea where I’ll fall in terms of other finishers but hopefully there will be a lot of other people running at a 12:00 pace and they can keep me on track! For now, the plan is to run 3 days with the following long runs: 7 (today since I was still resting yesterday), 10, 12, and 7 or 8 (taper). I’ve been checking out training plans of people who had similar situations and this seemed to work well for them. If I’m in the middle of a long run and something feels off I’ll make sure to stop and take precautions to make sure I don’t get injured. I’ve also been foam rolling at least twice a day and I know that will help me a lot! If you have any tips or suggestions please let me know! I know I’m a little crazy for taking on so much in such a short amount of time but…YOLO, right?
Have you ever run 2 long races close together? Any tips? And who else is running the Love Run with me!