As I mentioned last month, this year is all about working toward a few big scary goals. First on my list: the Brooklyn Half Marathon on May 16.
I haven’t run a half marathon in two years and, to be honest, it feels more like ten. A lot has happened in that span of 24 months, and I dare say I’m sitting here on the other side of it a little bit overwhelmed by all of the change. Thinking back, the last time I trained for and attempted 13.1 miles was the Rock ‘N Roll half in Washington, DC. A familiar course in a familiar city. You can read my recap here. It was an interesting day – the second race since I hurt my knee, and my training plan had been completely sidelined by a ruptured wisdom tooth just a few weeks before I stood at the starting line. Needless to say, I was happy just to be healthy and able to run on race day.
This time I’m wisdom tooth free and hopeful that my training plan will take me to where I need to be in May. I put it together myself, guided by a bit of experience and a lot of guess work. I’m a tad rusty at putting together run training plans, but I’m confident it will do the trick. I kicked things off with a 4.8 mile run this past weekend and, while I definitely have a lot of work to do, it felt great to be back out there. Not as someone going for a run. But as a runner training for a race.
I’ll be using the below more as a guideline, adjusting according to how my body is holding up. The other part of my training plan includes a continued focus on building strength in my glutes and legs to protect my knees, stretching + yoga, and a number of PT exercises. Oh yes, and a fit crash or two to keep me in practice.
More than anything, I’m looking forward to exploring my new home city on foot. Running is my favorite way to get to know a new place, and I think it will do me a world of good to start seeing this place through a runner’s eyes. And spring will bring a desperately needed reintroduction to a city that feels like it’s been under dangerous ice and dirty snow since I moved here. No more hopping around slush pits, please!
If anyone has a suggestion about running routes to try or groups I should say hello to – please leave a comment and let me know. It’s time to get to work!