We are officially under 40 days until the Eugene Women’s Half Marathon!
I wish there was a manuel that would tell me how I should feel right now. The closer I get to August 26, the more unprepared I feel… Is that normal?
I don’t even recognize that girl in March who was so excited about 13.1 miles!
I am still super excited. But nerves are getting the best of me. And although 13.1 miles is going to be physically killer, my problem is more my mental state then anything.
I have been working out like crazy. I can’t even imagine going more than a day without breaking a sweat! Working out during my lunch break has been so wonderful for my mind; it totally helps break up the workday.
I have gotten in some really great runs. The kind of runs that leave you feeling emotionally refreshed and physically exhausted (the best kind!) With the sun out and the Portland Waterfront abuzz with activity, my runs have been so much more enjoyable this Summer.
Instead of just focusing on running/biking/elliptical-ing, I have found other ways to cross train. I walk everywhere in Portland, and Steven and I made a point to walk during our vacations in Seattle and the coast. This past weekend, we went on a hike in Manzanita. I loved it. And I loved the fact that I got a great workout in while spending time with Steven on the gorgeous Oregon coast!
That beautiful training plan I had? I somehow got behind and now I am panicking. Life is getting in the way (which is a good/bad thing). I have big plans every weekend for the upcoming weeks, which is going to throw off my training even more…
I cherish my route on the Portland Waterfront. It’s gorgeous, right by the river, perfect people watching, and I love sprinting across the bridges. The problem is… is that I don’t want to run anywhere else. I need to suck it up and run during my lunch break. It might not be my beautiful run, but a run is a run and I need to do more of it.
I am so stressed out about the half marathon, that running isn’t fun anymore. I need to just relax and go with it. Running should not be stressful. Because it doesn’t matter to me how fast my pace is or how many walk breaks I am going to need during this half marathon. I just want to run it. And that should be what I focus on.
Any advice out there half-marathoners?
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