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Preparing for the 3M Austin Half Marathon

Preparing for the 3M Austin Half Marathon

If I’m being honest, this month hasn’t gone the way I imagined it would. I thought I’d go back to work two weeks ago and power through the rest of my half marathon training. Instead, I started jury duty on January 4, was selected for a case the following day, and ended up serving for nine total days. It was an important and rewarding experience that I think everyone should have, but it did alter my schedule. From day to day, I wasn’t sure when court would begin and end. I occasionally stopped into my office to check on projects. The one consistent part of my schedule was my workouts. I stuck to 5-6 workouts each week, even if the workouts themselves changed a bit. In fact, I’ll admit that I skipped my last long run before Austin in favor of a tech-free mountain weekend halfway through jury duty. Sometimes resting is more important than powering through.

What has my training schedule looked like this month? I’ve focused on variety, considering I’m not trying to PR this weekend. Each week, I’ve completed these workouts: one strength, one barre, one yoga, one spin, two runs, and one rest day. Almost all of my classes have been booked with ClassPass (10% off your first month with my referral link), but I’ve also partnered with Cyc Fitness to support their Calories for a Cause campaign. In January and February, Cyc will donate $1 to The Challenged Athletes Foundation for every ride completed. I’ll always jump at the chance to sweat for a cause.

After running six races in seven months, I’m looking forward to taking a break from February-May. I’ll officially start training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon in mid-March, but I’ve been thinking about what kind of schedule I’d like to follow until then.

Preparing for the 3M Austin Half Marathon

I leave for Austin on Friday morning and will be meeting my mom there around noon. We plan to head to the expo to pick up our bibs later that day. I imagine that Saturday will be spent exploring and eating as much as possible, while still aiming to be rested for Sunday morning. It looks like race day will be sunny and around 55-60 degrees at start time. Crossing my fingers that the predicted forecast holds true. Mom and I plan to run the entire race together, as our paces are very close. While we aren’t aiming to PR, the course is almost entirely downhill.

As always, you can follow along with my adventures on Instagram and Snapchat at @evannclingan!

Images via 3M Half Marathon

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