I’m not quite sure what it is that pushes your feet to keep moving when you’re in the middle of a steep hill, heart pounding, sweat beading, breath heavy, 16 kilometres into a run.
But whatever it is, you have to dig deep and find it when training for a half-marathon — especially in Saint John, where the hills are plentiful.
Yes, I plan to tackle the half on Aug. 12 in the Marathon By the Sea. It will be the first time I will have run 21 km, ever in my life.
Today I managed to crank out 19 km so I think I will be ready.
There are three weeks to go until the race. The Olympics will be happening around the same time, which I think will be truly inspiring.
My goal is just to finish, but I am pretty confident I can finish it under 2:15:00
I’ve been following a training plan I found online since May 13. Basically it’s four to five days of running and/or cross training, including one long run on the weekend that gradually gets longer every week.
The next two weeks will be full of the regular training – with a full 20-km run planned for next weekend, then it will be time to “taper,” which I’m told is the hardest part after you’re so used to running on a regular basis.
I hope to blog about my progress, and of course, the race, so keep checking back as I share my challenges and triumphs along the way.
For now, it’s time for me to recuperate, drink water and eat. I’m so rungry.