My black and yellow zip-up and Reebok ZPumps (c/o) are so appropriate for Pittsburgh Half Marathon training, right? This is the first week that I’ll be training with Coach Jess, and I feel ready for it. Last week, I completed runs of 3/4/7 miles. All of them felt strong. I’ve noticed two preferences I’ve developed this training cycle. First, I would rather run after work. This might change once the weather gets warmer. However, it’s so much easier to fit a mid-week run in after work when training for a half marathon than a full marathon. I’ve also noticed that my body needs to practice yoga at least twice per week. I’ve been taking one basics/restorative class and one advanced class. My current favorite studios are Exhale and Y7. Sometimes I also practice at home with Yoga Download.
Now that my first full marathon was over two months ago, I’ve had plenty of time to digest the experience. I’m going to be honest: I cannot believe I trained for and raced 26.2 miles. That’s crazy. I’ve thought a lot about whether I’d like to run a full marathon this fall and have decided against it. I’m so proud to call myself a marathoner, but I have too much transition going on in my personal life to commit to months of intense training. I’ll definitely be racing half marathons in May and August. I might race a 15K in June. I’ll also be adding one or two half marathons to my schedule in the fall. I’m not saying a full will never happen again. I just can’t bring myself to run 26.2 again in 2015. I might have FOMO when fall marathon season rolls around, but I’ll have to enjoy cheering for friends. And it’s important to remember that a half marathon isn’t half of an accomplishment. It’s still an amazing accomplishment. I’m going to focus on PRing 13.1 once or twice by the end of the year.
This Week’s Plan of Attack
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