Half Marathon Training Update {week something}

tobey running

So. I've been slacking just a little bit on my HMTU's. Sorry about that, it's just that I'm afraid every update would say the same thing: the runs are hard and the treadmill is boring.

My training has been going pretty well though.
It's exciting to see progress in myself and know that I can push myself and my hard work pays off.
It's starting to freak me out a little that the half marathon is in
2 months and 2 days.
Which is crazy because when I put that little countdown on the side of my blog, there were 5 months and something!!! It's coming up so fast!
I know I've run 10 miles, and the half marathon is only that plus a 5k, but I'm still nervous!!!
And I think I'm getting really tired of running on the treadmill.
THANK GOODNESS it's starting to get a little warmer outside so hopefully my treadmill running days will be over soon!
...at least until next winter.

I'm also trying to get it through my head that my goal is simply to finish the 13.1 miles. I'm not trying to break any speed records or beat anyone, I just want to have fun with it. I think the stress of "competing" and not wanting to let anyone down is what's making the most nervous, not whether or not I can actually do it. But really, the only person I should worry about letting down is myself and I won't let myself down unless I give up. Of course, I do have some goals like I want to finish it in less than 2 and a half hours/before Josh finishes the full marathon and I don't want to come in last, but mostly I just want to have fun.

I've also discovered that I think about my dad a lot when I run. I don't know if it's because I know he'd be the first person there to cheer me on or because this is something I never thought I could/would be able to do and I wish he was here to experience it with me..... but I guess this will just have go down in the books as another one of those life experiences that he won't be here for... along with too many more I'll have to experience in my life... I sure do miss him.

In other work out news, I've been incorporating spin class into my evening workouts on Mondays now since I just can't seem to consistently get up at 5am to do it. I've also started a step class on Thursdays. I love it!

Anyway, April 24th is coming up and will be here before I know it!!! The Triple Crown starts in less than 2 weeks.. can't believe it!

"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder