Last summer, I got the brilliant idea to sign up for a half marathon. Never mind that I had barely finished a “fun” 5k in February of that year. Forget the fact that I had spent many weeks in the spring AND summer injured, and that my top mileage was four (YES, FOUR) miles. Psh! I could TOTALLY tackle a half marathon, right?
So, I looked around and decided that the Zion Half Marathon was the way to go. I signed up and then had a moment of panic…I really panicked when I realized that all 13.1 miles would be UPHILL. I guess I should have researched my first half a little better, but I figured I had plenty of time and everything would work out.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Things have been a little crazy this fall and winter and I didn’t end up training as faithfully as I had hoped, but I have been training. I reached 9+ miles a couple of weeks ago, which was pretty thrilling for me, I have to say.
My knee has been hurting a little, so I finally broke down and got some decent running shoes (Brooks Adrenaline). I lurve them.
But I am nervous that I haven’t done enough. Is 9.25 miles enough to push through for another 4? I don’t have any more long runs in my training plan, and this marathon is less than three weeks away. Do I trust the plan and go for it? What do I do for fueling? I honestly have no idea. I tried a Hammer Nutrition ‘goo’ thing while I was out on my last long run and I almost gagged, but it did give me a nice boost of energy.
All I do know is that this is happening:
It’s like…really happening.
Not only is this happening, but we’re camping that weekend while we are up there. So I am nervous about other things, too. You know, silly little things like a good night’s sleep, freezing to death, and getting a hot shower when I am done.
I just hope I can finish.