Hi everyone! It’s absolutely mind blowing to me, but one week from now I’ll be heading to the airport to fly to Utah for the Zion Half Marathon! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was sitting in my room in Seward registering for the race and dreaming of visiting a new place. The Facebook page for the Zion Half has been super active lately with pictures, and this one caught my eye:
This is the race medal! I got chills just looking at it. In less than 10 days I’ll hopefully be wearing that around my neck! And I’ll need to get a bigger medal rack to make room for it when I get home!
In case you somehow missed it, it’s been a crazy training cycle. There’s been a lot that has gone wrong in the last 3 months, and some great things that I didn’t expect. The most notable things include:
- Taking my training indoors due to low snow and crazy ice conditions. It’s going to be interesting running on ice-free roads outside during the race!
- Using a time-based plan instead of a milage-based plan. I loved that I could tell how long my workouts were going to be, but I hated that it limited how many miles I ran because I’m not fast.
- Getting injured from wearing the wrong kind of shoes, getting an MRI, and losing a week for recovery. If you missed that story, check it out here.
- Easing back into running using a run/walk plan with a 4:1 interval and falling in love with my new hot pink ASICS Gel-Kayanos!
- Running without any hip pain again
- Running an awesome accidental 7 miler in the snow
- Throwing up after my 10 miler
So am I ready for the race? I’m not sure. I do feel that race day adrenaline and the chance to run outside on regular ground again will make for an easier time than anything I’ve done in this training so far. Getting sick after my 10 miler really threw me off – especially since I haven’t had any leg pain since that run! I feel that my hips and legs are ready for it, but who knows if the rest of my body will follow. I’m also not sure about my lack of hill training, especially since we have an uphill gain of 466 ft throughout the entire course.
No matter what happens, I can honestly say that this race is the one that I fought for the most. In the last two half marathons I’ve run I barely stuck to my training plan and only ran up to 8 or 9 miles before the race. The Love Run Half felt so easy and I guess I thought I could just do that again, but I was really wrong about that. I consequently had a miserable time finishing both. I’m worried that my week off for recovery and my drop in milage at the end of training will affect me, but it’s what I had to do to stay healthy and safe. I can say that I want to finish this race so bad and just crossing the finish line is my goal!
In the next week, I have 5 runs to do, one of which is a 6 mile taper run that I plan on doing outside (and not getting lost and accidentally running 7 instead!). This weekend will be filled with Iditarod fun but I will get it done! I also plan on doing lots of yoga and foam rolling to get my legs as stretchy as possible. No matter what happens, I plan on enjoying my much-needed vacation and making it to that finish line with confidence!
Have you ever had a bad training cycle? How did you mentally prepare for the race?