To this point I have actually run 3 half marathon races and due to injuries I had never been able to fully train for one ... until this year.
I have several friends training for a marathon this year but no, not I. However, I used this as an opportunity to train with people to see if I could develop the strength to run such a distance.
It started off as saying "Yes, I'll come for a 15 mile run with you," knowing I could run a half marathon.
I looked forward to the training sessions too. We would start off slowly and end slowly. In fact it was all running slowly all the time but at a manageable and achievable pace. It wasn't about breaking records or times in our training. That never entered out heads. But when we are able to achieve something it enters out head to say it is achievable again. It gave me the confidence to know I can run such a distance.
However, one Sunday I found myself running 15 miles on my own as my friends had entered a 20 mile run which at that point I certainly wasn't ready for.
It was a lovely day and I got into a running zone and the miles drifted past and I found myself hardly thinking of anything. At one point I glanced at my garmen forerunner and discovered I had beaten my previous half marathon time but at a gentle pace and without stopping. I felt elated.
I was so pleased.
This has now given me the confidence to know I can run the half marathon coming up on the 18th April. It's a race I have done before but it's extremely hard. There are constant hills for the first seven miles, however, the second half of the race is bliss and quite flat.
Much of running longer distances in all in the mind. As long as I can switch off occasionally I know I will be okay. Training is power. Power fuels the mind.
My eating has improved too.
I now only eat foods which are going to support my training and performance.
I ask myself the following questions before I eat:
What foods are going to help me recover after a run?
What foods are going to help me prepare for a race?
Is this food a necessary fuel for my body to have?
This is helping me to stay on track.
With my present mindset I can't wait for the race. It's go, go go!