So I was just putting my half marathon training schedule down in my calendar, and if I keep to the schedule (hit all schedule runs and mileage), theoretically I should be ready to run a half by the end of May.
Those of you who have been following my journey know that I wasn’t actually planning to run a half until the fall. I just wanted to give myself plenty of time so I wouldn’t freak out over the enormity of it. I didn’t even think about the fact that my training program was only 10 weeks long. Granted, I’ve already had to repeat one of those weeks due to missing a long run, but even so.
I am actually considering running a half this summer instead of waiting until the fall.
I know, it sounds crazy, but I’m afraid that if I complete the training program and get to the end of May and don’t actually have a race, I’ll get bored and fall off the training band wagon. I suppose I could repeat the program, or come up with some kind of extension, but that would most likely be boring too.
Do I really want to run a half marathon in June or July? Short answer: hell no! Vermont may be known for cold temperatures and snow, but trust me, it gets super hot and humid here too. I’d be terrified that race day would dawn with a high of 90* and 90% humidity, in which case I’d die of dehydration before I went 3 miles.
So now I’m not really sure what to do. There are a couple of halves happening end of June and mid-July that I’m interested in–they’re in the southern part of the state, so I’d have to weekend with my parents and get them to shuttle me around, but that could actually be cool. I’m sure they’d love to come support me. And if it goes well, I could still do one of the other half marathons I originally wanted to do in the fall.
What do you think–should I take a chance and sign up for an earlier half, or wait until the fall?